Text The Conversation: agriculture

TLF ID M017619

This resource consists of a multitude of news articles and analytical pieces under the topic of agriculture. Eight articles address the many challenges of world food security, five explore the impact of predicted water and phosphorus shortages on crop yields and one article analyses the broader impact of organic farming systems on environmental health. These articles are typically two pages in length and provide background and context before developing a key point.

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Educational value
  • This resource is very valuable as it contains eight articles that support year 9 geography students as they come to understand the threats and challenges to global food security. There are also three very valuable articles for year 9 geography students considering factors that limit crop yields. As a group the articles provide some historical context to the discussion of world food production and explore in some depth a range of issues impacting on crop yields and food security. The language is non-technical and accessible for this year level.
  • One article within this resource is valuable for years 7-8 design and technologies students examining organic farming systems as an example of managing a productive environment in a sustainable way. The article moves away from the health benefits of organic food and focuses on the extended benefits to soil and terrestrial ecosystems. It includes a number of performance figures that allow a comparison of organic farming to conventional farming. The language is non-technical and accessible for this year level.
Year level

7; 8; 9

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  • Name: The Conversation
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  • Address: AUSTRALIA
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