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Information Narratives

 
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Cash Crops

This project was completed for my Information Narrative class. The goal for this project was to visually show a problem through information graphics. The project began by finding a research topic, finding a target audience to distribute this information to and coming up with a way to share this problem visually. 

 
 
 

TOOLS

Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Invision

ROLES

Research, Wireframing, Prototyping,UX/UI

 
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Cash Crops

I chose to research the over production of 'cash crops'. Cash crops are a crop produced for its commercial value rather than for use by the grower. I decided I wanted to research this issue because it is a major problem that is not looked at enough. The future population will not have enough land space to continue producing crops at the way we are today. There is not enough room to continue abusing the land with crops being produced for money over food/ vegetables that are actually needed. This problem must be resolved before it is too late. I believe my cash crop app design can be used to help spread this awareness.

 
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The Population

By 2050 the world’s population will likely increase by more than 35 percent. To feed the population of 9.7 billion people, crop production will likely need to double. Why? Production will have to far outpace population growth. There will not be enough available space to supply for the growing population unless the world works together for a solution.

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Risks

There are many risks towards the environment when it comes to farming and agriculture. Farming has caused numerous risks to our planet. From food insecurity for developing countries, soil degradation from harmful plants, rising ocean levels from global warming, all the way to overproduction of food. These problems are damaging our planet and must be controlled.

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About Cash Crops

A cash crop is a crop that is grown directly to be sold on the market, rather than a crop that is grown to consume personally. These crops are often abused and overproduced so much that they can damage the soil they are grown on. Often when soil is damaged the land will simply be abandoned. The only concern to the farmer is where more cash crops can be planted in order to sell more.

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The Solution

Although there are many problems revolved around farming, there are possible solutions that can be done to help. Vertical farming is a possible solution that could solve all land production issues.

THE PROTOTYPE