Natural, Capital, and Human Resources

Three kinds of resources are needed to grow food.

All three kinds of resources are needed for corn and soybeans. Seeds and soil are needed to grow the plants. Tools and equipment like tractors, combines, and food processing factories are needed to harvest and process the food. It takes many humans to grow, harvest, process, and distribute the food.

Two People Doing Farm Chores

Human resources:

people to grow crops and raise livestock

Red Tractor

Capital resources:

tools, equipment, and factories


Natural resources:

raw materials, like plant seeds and soil

Activity: Which Resources?

List examples of each resource used in growing corn and soybeans. Look in Lesson 2: Super Soybeans and King Corn for ideas.

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