Journey 2050: Educational Gaming Teaching World Food Sustainability Lessons

Des Moines, Iowa – August 25, 2016– The year 2050 is a key moment in time - the world's population is projected to be 2 billion more than today. Food production needs are expected to rise by at least 60% resulting in increased pressure on agricultural land, habitats and communities.

Educators and agricultural experts are collaborating to teach the next generation about world food sustainability through a free education program called, Journey 2050. Journey 2050 allows schools to experience agriculture like it’s never been taught before. The program focuses on one profound question: How will we sustainably feed 9 billion people by the year 2050?

As grade 7-12+ students explore sustainable agriculture they make inquiry-based decisions to see the ripple effect on social, economic and environmental factors locally and globally. Farm families from Kenya, India and Canada guide students through interactive games such as a virtual farm simulation, a career avatar, and a geography scavenger hunt.

“True sustainability is balancing your social, economic and environmental footprint,” explained Lindsey Verhaeghe, corporate social responsibility specialist for Agrium, an agriculture input company. “Whether playing Journey 2050 guides students to a career in agriculture or not, an informed consumer is essential for the continued success of agriculture around the world.”

To get started or request a guest speaker, contact the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation at 515-331-4182 or at info@iowaagliteracy.org.

Teachers are encouraged to register online at www.Journey2050.com to access lesson plans, games and activities. The computer games and animated videos were designed to appeal to both technology-motivated students as well as teachers looking for direct links to science and social studies curriculum and standards.

The games can be downloaded for free online, or in the respective app store on iPads, iPhones, Chromebooks and Tablets. Educational gaming can be a powerful way to engage and teach students.

Classrooms who complete Journey 2050 may be eligible for a $100 donation credit to donate to pre-selected charities that contribute to sustainability. This is a unique opportunity for students to think as global citizens and give back to communities.

Journey 2050 is cutting edge and the program is constantly evolving to ensure it stays relevant, factual and unbiased. The program is a collaboration of partners such as Agrium Inc., Alberta Canola Producers’ Commission, Agriculture in the Classroom (Canada and USA), Nutrients for Life (Canada and USA), 4-H Canada and the Calgary Stampede to name a few.

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About the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation

IALF serves as a central resource for educators and volunteers who want to teach Iowa’s students about agriculture. The mission is to educate Iowans, with a focus on youth, regarding the breadth and global significance of agriculture. Iowa is a leading producer of agricultural products that are essential to feed a growing world population, estimated to reach more than 9 billion by 2050. IALF believes it is important for all Iowans to understand the essential role agriculture has in their lives. IALF will support existing agriculture education efforts such as FFA, 4-H and Ag in the Classroom. IALF was created through a joint effort of agricultural stakeholders, including the Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Soybean Association, Silos and Smokestacks Foundation, DuPont Pioneer, GROWMARK, and the Iowa Beef Industry Council. For more information visit IALF online at IowaAgLiteracy.org, on Facebook, and Twitter.

Source:

Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation

Contact:

Will Fett, Executive Director
Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation
WFett@IowaAgLiteracy.org
515-331-4182

Publish Date:

08/25/2016