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Investigate and make judgments on the ethical and sustainable production and marketing of food and fibre (ACTDEK044)

Elaborations
  • examining emerging production technologies and methods in terms of productivity, profitability and sustainability, for example vertical farming, recirculation technologies in aquaculture
  • investigating how digital technologies could be used to enhance food production systems, for example global positioning system (GPS) for managing animals, crop sensors or automated animal feeding or milking
  • comparing the environmental impacts of intensive and extensive production systems and their contribution to food and fibre production
  • investigating the interdependence of plants and animals in food and fibre production
  • examining the marketing chain of a range of agricultural products and outlining the effect of product processing and advertising on demand and price
  • taking account of animal welfare considerations in food and fibre production enterprises
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
ScOT terms

Ethics,  Environmental sustainability,  Farming systems,  Human settlements,  Food miles,  Fibres (Materials)

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Teacher resource

Biomes that produce our food, industrial materials and fibre

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Investigating key Australian approaches to producing cotton, timber and wool: producer video

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Exploring the production and marketing of seafood: producer video

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Biomes that produce our food, industrial materials and fibre: producer video

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From Citrus to Almonds: video

This is a video [6:25 min] about growing almonds on a property in the Riverland of South Australia and why the owners switched from citrus to almond production. The first part of the video illustrates the characteristics of the property and explains the long-term strategy and business reasons for the switch. The next part ...

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Producing cattle and sheep...and beef and lamb: producer video

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Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture

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Cotton Education Kit

This richly illustrated kit provides a range of information and data about the Australian cotton industry. Chapters provide background on the modern industry; sustainability; the history of cotton in Australia; the cotton plant; how cotton is grown; the business of cotton farming; cotton processing, cotton as a economic ...

Teacher resource

Salmon Growing in Tasmania

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Farm Diaries: producer video

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A Year on a Farm: producer video

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Finding farms: producer video

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Salmon Growing in Tasmania: video

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Teacher resource

Navigating primary industries into the 21st century

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CERES Environment Park

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Sealing success in a Thai village

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Philippines: urban vegetable production

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Teacher resource

Learn About Wool: Years 9 -10

This website provides the ideal opportunity for students to explore the Australian wool industry in terms of sustainable fibre production and marketing as the global population increases. Students can use these resources to investigate how and why wool businesses seek to create and maintain a competitive advantage in the ...

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Low impact sustainable agriculture

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