Geography / Year 9 / Geographical Knowledge and Understanding / Unit 1: Biomes and food security

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Curriculum content descriptions

The capacity of the world’s environments to sustainably feed the projected future global population (ACHGK064)

Elaborations
  • examining the effects of anticipated future population growth on global food production and security, and its implications for agriculture and agricultural innovation
  • researching the potential of agricultural production in northern Australia
  • identifying how poverty, food wastage, government policies or trade barriers could affect future food security
  • applying understanding of the functioning of natural and agricultural ecosystems to investigate ways of making Australian agriculture more sustainable
General capabilities
  • Numeracy Numeracy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Sustainable development,  Food availability

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Soils: a hidden resource

This is a video about the importance of soil, its role in global food security and the requirements for its sustainable management. Describing soil as a natural resource slow to develop but quickly destroyed, the video points out the increasing demands being placed on soil to feed the world's rising population and the threats ...

Teacher resource

Biomes that produce our food, industrial materials and fibre

This is an inquiry-based unit of work focusing on primary production practices for food, fibre and timber . It contains five sequences of individual, group and class activities in which students engage with the world's biomes and what they produce; explore human alteration of biomes and three food and fibre sectors; explain ...

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Introduction to Food Security

This is a video that defines and explores the concept of food security using animated illustrations, spoken commentary, and pauses for discussion. Identifying the accelerating growth of population and the proportion of people who are chronically hungry, it provides the United Nation's definition of food security and its ...

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Food 4 Thought: Geography

This is a series of student activities about world food production and the challenges to global food security. The activities are organised in five lessons that focus on the facts of world food production, the role of world biomes in producing food; the challenge of climate change; the effect of competition for land and ...

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Exploring the production and marketing of seafood: producer video

This is a video about how wild-caught lobsters are processed for export and barramundi are farmed in two South Australian businesses. The first part is presented by Andrew Laurie, the owner of Sky Seafoods, who shows the work of the lobster fishermen who supply him and how the lobsters are processed. He describes how sustainability ...

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Food security in Australia

How much food does Australia produce, and what does this mean for food security in Australia? Watch this clip to find out about the factors that influence food production and crop yields, and also about the role that science and technology play. How will future population growth affect global food production and security?

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Sustainable table: the coming famine

This is a website about the key issues related to global food insecurity. It contains sections on the scarcity of primary resources; land degradation; land scarcity; waste; climate change; consequences of inaction; and proposed solutions. Photographs, statistics, graphs, maps and figures support the information. This resource ...

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Food and human wellbeing

This is an online resource about two contrasting Indonesian islands, Bali and Sumba, highlighting the inequalities that exist within Indonesia. The resource compares the rice and rainforests of Bali with the corn and savannah grasslands of the more remote, and less wealthy Sumba, and examines each in terms of the challenges ...

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Food wastage footprint

This is an animated video about the extent of global food wastage, its short- and long-term effects and how it can be minimised. Stating that about one-third of the food produced in the world each year is lost or wasted, the video uses concrete examples to show what this means in terms of land area, water, natural habitats, ...

Teacher resource

Sustainable agriculture

This is a rich multimedia professional learning module for primary and secondary teachers about how sustainable farming can enhance food production and manage natural resources for sustainability. It focuses on four main activities: defining sustainable agriculture; representing its holistic nature; analysing four case ...

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Sustainable table: organic sceptics

This is a website about organic farming. It contains sections on: the difference between conventional and organic farming; the health benefits associated with eating organic food; the price of organic food; the damage conventional farming causes to the environment; certification of organic food; and feeding the world organically. ...

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TEDMED: Can your tongue inspire the creation of tasty, convenient nutrition?

This is a video clip of a TEDMED speaker presenting ideas about world population growth and food security, today and in the future, from the perspective of a medical practitioner. The clip's emphasis is the need to feed a growing population nourishing food in a sustainable way. The speaker identifies how this might be achieved ...

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Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture

This is a 3:47-minute video about the international importance of the 1995 Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The video, which contains visuals of fishing, fish farming and fish processing, explains how the industries contribute to global ...

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Food wastage

Do you know how much food industrialised nations, including Australia, throw away every year? Global population is set to reach over nine billion by 2050 which will increase demand for food by 70%. What do you think we can do to consume food more responsibly and sustainably? How might we re-direct food that would otherwise ...

Teacher resource

The future of food

Producing enough food to sustain the Earth's population is becoming more of a challenge. As environmental constraints keep tightening, technological innovation may be the answer to future food security. Compare the status of food production and food security in Australia with that of developing nations. Consider some claims ...

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Phantom statistic

This is a video about the importance of collecting statistics on the role of women in agriculture in developing countries. The video explains that gender-specific data is typically missing for several reasons including the survey methodology used to collect the data, and refers to specific examples where different methodologies ...

Teacher resource

Food security

This is a resource for teachers about food security, in particular hunger, food insecurity and interventions such as emergency food programs. It includes a 90-minute lesson plan for teachers, background reading, vocabulary definitions, slides and student handouts. Topics and learning activities include: the definition, ...

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Voice of fishers: Panama

This is a video about the rights and fishing practices of the Kuna people of the Comarca, an autonomous region of Kuna Yala, which is a 226-km long strip of Panama's Caribbean coast. Opening with a map of the area, the video consists mostly of interviews with Kuna people who tell how their fishing rights were secured; distinguish ...

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Food for thought

Food security, or sufficient access to safe and nutritious food, is of rising global concern. Watch this animated clip to discover the main problems facing food security, and to see some suggestions for solutions that might incorporate strategies like waste management practices and emerging technologies.

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Farmers, their animals and the environment

This is a video about the valuable genetic diversity of Asia's indigenous domesticated animals; the contribution the animals' genes make to local people's food security; and the results of the use of genetic technologies. The video identifies ever-present links between farmers, their animals and the environment by describing ...