004 - Global Shift of Industry
Geographic Knowledge and Understanding
Environmental issues linked with the global shift of industry:
- Polluting manufacturing industries
- Food production systems for global agribusiness
The processes associated with the global shift of industry can create environmental risks for particular places.
To have knowledge and understanding of the environmental issues linked with the global shift of industry focusing upon polluting manufacturing industries and food production systems for global agribusiness.
Define the key terms above by using the 'Useful Links' below:
Activity One - Global Agribusiness - Comprehension
We are going to start off by looking at the changes that agriculture has gone through due to our increasing demand for goods. We now farm on a much larger scale and we can reach resources in more remote places. The increasing global flows between places mean that farmed goods no longer stay in the country of origin but are shipped across the world to meet the demands of the consumer. Certain farmed goods such as palm oil are in many goods that we use every day without us being aware of it. It could be in your food, make-up, packaging or fuel and we often consume it thinking that a natural product is more sustainable. Answer the following questions using the YouTube clips and articles in the 'Useful Resources' below:
Describe the effects that agro-industrialisation has had on dairy farming.
What are the key characteristics of agro-business?
From what you have studied so far where do you think that agro-business is prevalent?
How has agro-industrialisation impacted international production and consumption?
What impact has this production had on the environment? Consider the following areas:
Eutrophication (also explored in Freshwater)
Forest services loss
Water scarcity (also explored in Freshwater
What is palm oil?
What are the environmental implications of using palm oil?
How can the shift in use of palm oil create further risks to the environment?
'Geography. Global Interactions Study and Revision Guide.' by Oakes Pages 102-103
The Independent - The reasons why palm oil is so controversial
The Conversation - Palm oil boycott could actually increase deforestation
Palm Oil - Kitkat and GreenPeace
Activity Two - Polluting Manufacturing Industries - Comprehension
The second part of the syllabus point asks us to look at how manufacturing industries can impact the environment. As I am sure you are all aware by now I do like to shop and I seem to have collated quite a plethora of jeans for all seasons and occasions! What I have never considered before is the impact the production of favourite pair of jeans may have on the environment. We are going to focus on China as they have come to be known as the denim capital of the world. Answer the following questions using the YouTube clips and articles in the 'Useful Resources' box below. The second YouTube clip is very long and therefore I would recommend that you watch this at home to 'flesh' out your answers.
Why has there been a global shift in the location of manufacturing industries?
Outline the pollution caused by the manufacturing of denim jeans in China?
What is China doing to reduce its impact on the environment?
Why would China want to look like they are reducing their impact on the environment?
Vision Times - The shocking truth behind China's denim industry
Forbes - China shuts down tens of thousands of factories in widespread pollution crackdown
'Geography. Global Interactions Study and Revision Guide.' by Oakes Pages 101-102
Exam Style Question
Using examples, analyse how the global shift of different industries affects the environment. [12 marks]
This lesson was development in collaboration with Richard Allaway from geographyalltheway. For more resources please visit www.geographyalltheway.com