APES, a Week in Review

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This week's review (11/14-11/18) comes from the super sophomore table. By chance 3 out of the 5 table members were drawn to be the reporters for the week. Here's what they had to say.

Maya Gouw writes;

This week in APES, we covered a range of topics including the conservation of biodiversity and human food sources. On Monday, we discussed the causes of biodiversity decline and the problems revolving around inbreeding. While I was not present on Tuesday, it seems we covered topics such as conservation legislation and biosphere reserves. For me, the highlight of the week was actually the frog clip we watched on Wednesday to teach us about alien species. It was somehow both disturbing and witty, and more or less quite enjoyable. During Thursday’s lesson, we skipped back to Chapter 11 and began talking about agriculture and the Green Revolution. We also watched a film about nutrition and how badly emphasized it is in some parts of America. Finally, on Friday, we held a debate over the genetic modification of organisms. I found it to be a nice change of pace, particularly the part about the mysterious “blue” juice with a questionable edibility status.

Morgan Travis adds: 

This week in APES we learned many things. On Monday, we went over the different declines in diversity such as inbreeding and selective breeding. The base of biodiversity is genetic diversity. We also talked about the global seed bank in Norway and learned about the classifications of animals such as extinct and least concern. Tuesday we talked about causes of decline such as alien species, habitat loss, over harvesting, pollution, and climate change. A example of over harvesting is the dodo bird and a example of alien species is kudzu. Some legislation that helps prevent these is CITES and Lacey Act. Wednesday we did an activity looking at point and opinions of saving biodiversity. We talked about protecting a single species versus the ecosystem approach. Legislation which helps this is Marine Mammal protection act and the Endangered Species Act which also led to the Convention on Biological Diversity and biosphere reserve. On Thursday we talked about types of nutrition such as under nutrition, malnutrition, and over nutrition. If someone was missing vitamin A they can be susceptible to blindness and if someone does not get enough iron they can have anemia. Famine and food security were also discussed. We learned what energy subsidy was and how to apply it. On Friday, we went in depth into what the green revolution is and the components of it. GMO is our last topic of the week and we watched a video on it.

Thomas Moorhead concludes:

The food industry was late to industrialize but when it did, it really did. School lunches started out as a way to support farmers in the great depression so they could sell their excessive crops. But now it is all processed in a factory and sold to the schools for a profit. If corporations are trying to make a profit to bring back to their share holders, how can they be expected to care about the nutritional value of their food? If McDonald's is just trying to make money how can they be expected to make good nutritional food for people? When they make more money on bad food? And if the leaders of these companies one day are working in the industry trying to make money for the company and then in the government regulating the industry how can they be expected to make good decisions for the people?

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