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ERIC Number: ED331659
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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The Impact of Agribusiness on Rural Education.
Theobald, Paul
The dramatic growth of multinational agribusiness corporations has led to all types of rural decline--social, demographic, institutional, and environmental. Historically, rural inhabitants and rural land have been abused and neglected in the name of progress. Rural development efforts often attract small assembly or light manufacturing plants that can use the nonunionized, low-skill, low-paying labor of farm women. Agribusiness entails farm input industries that provide services and machinery, large-scale incorporated farm operations, and food-processing and marketing firms, whereas small diversified farm oprations utilize more natural methods of maintaining soil fertility, limiting their need for agribusiness. Agribusiness, therefore, has an interest in cultivating the large-scale operation, which drives out smaller farmers, which in turn, closes shops and businesses in small towns, and adds stress to rural schools. Agribusiness chemicals and machines increase soil erosion rates, pollute groundwater, and produce chemically-laden meats, fruits, and vegetables. The rural school curriculum should: (1) promote pride in rural living through literature with rural themes and settings; (2) conduct demographic studies of local neighborhoods; (3) debate the ethics of agribusiness and other capital ventures; (4) address environmental issues by conducting experiments testing groundwater samples and erosion rates; and (5) expose students to rural advocacy organizations. Rural schools should battle the increased emphasis on testing which largely dictates the curriculum. (KS)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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