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AP Human terms for Chapter 11. DO NOT turn these in printed! You can hand-write them, or I might get in trouble, and I wont give any more sets. Chapter 11= Agriculture.

organic agriculture

approach to farming and ranching that avoids the use of herbicieds, pesticides, growth hormones, and other similar synthetic inputs


the purposeful tending of crops and livestock in order to produce food and fiber

primary economic activity

economic activity concerned with the direct extraction of natural resources from the environment; such as mining, fishing, lumbering, and especially agriculture

secondary economic activity

economic activity involving the processing of raw materials and their transformation into finished industrial products; the manufacturing sector

tertiary economic activity

economic activity associated with the provision fo services (transportation, banking, retailing, education, routine, office-based jobs)

quaternary economic activity

service sector industires concerned with the collection, processing, and manipuation of information and capital (finance, administration, insurance, legal services)

quinary economic activity

service sector industries that require a high level of specialized knowledge skill (scientific research, high-level management)

plant domestication

genetic modification of a plant such that its reproductive success depends on human intervention

root crops

crops that are reproduced by cultivating either the roots or cuttings from the plants

seed crops

crop that is reproduced by cultivating the seeds of the plants

First Agricultural Revolution

Dating back 10,000 years, the First Agricultural Revolution achieved plant domestication and animal domestication

animal domestication

genetic modification of an animal such that it is rendered more amenable to human control

subsistence agriculture

self sufficient agriculture that is small scale and low technology & emphasizes food production for local consumption, not trade

shifting cultivation

cultivation of crops in tropical forest clearings in which the forest vegitation has been removed by cutting and burning

slash-and-burn agriculture

see shifting cultivation; cultivation of crops in tropical forest clearings in which the forest vegitation has been removed by cutting and burning

Second Agricultural Revolution

dovetailing with and benefiting from the Industrial Revolution, improved methods of cultivation, harvesting, and storage of farm produce

von Thunen model

A model that explains the location of agricultureal activities in a commercial, profit-making economy. A process of spatial competition allocates various farming activities into rings around a central market city, with profit-earning capability the determining force in how far a crop locates from the market

Third Agricultural Revolution

Currently in progress, the Third Agricultural Revolution has as its principal orientation the development of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO's)

Green Revolution

the development of higher-yield and fast-growing crops through increased technology, pesticides, and fertilizers transferred from the developed to developing world to alleviate the problem of food supply in those regions of the globe.

Genetically modified organisms

crops that carry new traits that have been inserted through advanced genetic engineering methods

rectangular survey system

Also called the Public Land Survey, the system was used by the US Land Office Survey to parcel land west of the Appalachian Mountains. The system divides land into a series of rectangular parcels.

township and range system

A rectangular land division scheme designed by Thomas Jefferson to disperse settlers evenly across farmlands of the U.S. interior.

metes and bounds system

A system of land surveying east of the Appalachian Mountains. It is a system that relies on descriptions of land ownership and natural features such as streams or trees. Because of the imprecise nature of metes and bounds surveying, the U.S. Land Office Survey abandoned the technique in favor of the rectangular survey system.

longlot survey system

distinct regional approach to land surveying found in the Canadian Maritimes, parts of Quebec, Luisiana, and Texas whereby land is divided into narrow parcels stretching back from rivers, roads, or canals


system where the eldest son in a family, or in exceptional cases, a daughter inherits all of the parent's land

commercial agriculture

term used to describe large scale farming and ranching operations that employ vast land bases, large mechanized equipment, factory-type labor fores, and the latest technoloty


dependence on a single agricultural commodity

Koppen climatic classification system

Developed by Wladimir Koppen, a system for classifying the world's climates on the basis of temperature and precipitatiion

climatic regions

Areas of the world with similar climatic characteristics

plantation agriculture

Production system based on a large estate owned by an individual, family, or corporation and organized to produce a cash crop. Almost all plantations were established within the tropics; in recent decades, many have been divided into smaller holdings or reorganized as cooperatives

luxury crops

Non-subsistence crops such as tea, cacao, coffee, and tobacco

livestock ranching

the raising of domesticated animals for the produciton of meat and byproducts (leather, wool)

Mediterranean agriculture

specialized farming that occurs only in areas where the dry summer Mediterranean climate prevails (grapes, olives, figs, citrus, fruits, dates, et al0


General term for the businesses that provide the vast array of goods and services that support the agriculture industry

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