Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Agriculture Revolution and Norman Borlaug.

In 9th grade history, we have learned a bit about the Agricultural Revolution of the 1700's which helped boost food production. Farmers used science to improve crop and livestock production. With more food available, people could plan to have families. As the population increased the demand for products grew, and this demand led to the inventiveness and expansion of the Industrial Revolution.

Who has saved more human lives than anyone else in history? Who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970?

Norman Borlaug is responsible for much of the progress humanity has made against hunger. If people want to believe that the organic food has better nutritive value, it's up to them to make that foolish decision. But there's absolutely no research that shows that organic foods provide better nutrition.If some consumers believe that it's better from the point of view of their health to have organic food, God bless them. Let them buy it. Let them pay a bit more. It's a free society. But don't tell the world that we can feed the present population without chemical fertilizer.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Back to school...

Mrs. Olsen had a great summer. She was in Philadelphia and New York City on an National Endowment for the Humanities Grant. She also was thrilled to see the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibit. There were many historical overtones in this exhibit including the Russia style dresses, left. They were a modern twist on the costumes that might be seen in the Russia court of Alexander I.

Mrs. Olsen will be teaching the following

Period 1: Prep
Period 2: Freshman history
Period 3: Freshman history
Period 4: Freshman history
Period 5: Reading your way through history
Period 6: Advanced Placement European History
Period 7: Freshman history

Here's to a great year!