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Analyse how food and fibre are produced when designing managed environments and how these can become more sustainable (ACTDEK032)

Elaborations
  • comparing land and water management methods in contemporary Australian food and fibre production with traditional Aboriginal systems and countries of Asia, for example minimum-tillage cropping, water-efficient irrigation
  • investigating the management of plant and animal growth through natural means and with the use of chemical products like herbicides and medicines when producing food and fibre products
  • recognising the need to increase food production using cost efficient, ethical and sustainable production techniques
  • describing physical and chemical characteristics of soil and their effects on plant growth when producing food and fibre products
  • investigating different animal feeding strategies such as grazing and supplementary feeding, and their effects on product quality, for example meat tenderness, wool fibre diameter (micron), milk fat and protein content when producing food and fibre products
  • recognising the importance of food and fibre production to Australia‚Äôs food security and economy including exports and imports to and from Asia when critiquing and exploring food and fibre production
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Farming systems,  Human settlements,  Food miles,  Fibres (Materials),  Farms

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Cotton Australia fact sheets

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NFF: Farm facts 2012

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The Conversation: agriculture

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Sustainable table: organic sceptics

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Using Technology and Design in Agriculture

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Digging into Science- where science fits in paddock to plate

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The Farm Game

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Grandvewe - Cheese Farm - cheese also comes from sheep!! Tasmania

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Investigating food and fibres: producer video

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Investigating Australian approaches to producing fish, seafood and meat: producer video

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Rugby Farms – Horticulture and changes in farming practice

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