Text Foodprint Melbourne

TLF ID M021798

This unit of work is about land use, food supply and food security in the city of Melbourne. In particular, the resource asks students to consider whether Melbourne will have a secure food supply in 2050 in the context of population growth, climate change and declining supplies of the natural resources that underpin food production such as available land and water. The resource consists of teacher notes, student worksheets, student data sheets, videos and links to many online resources such as dynamic mapping tools, GIS tools and data, spreadsheets, data sets, news articles and research papers.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This unit of work is of considerable value to the geography curriculum in year nine, particularly in relation to the Geographical Knowledge and Understanding strand and the underlying Biomes and food security unit. The resource provides an authentic context and multiple activities for students to analyse the effects of population growth on land management, food supply and food security.
  • The resource is also of value to the Geographical Inquiry and Skills strand in year nine. As students consider the growing population of Melbourne and its surrounding land use and management issues, they are presented with a variety of inquiry questions, a range of related data in various forms and asked to make inferences and predictions, draw conclusions and consider multiple points of view.
  • This resource is valuable for offering students opportunities to develop ethical understanding as they investigate a current geographical issue and evaluate their findings against the criteria of food security, environmental management, economic prosperity and social advancement. Students are asked to consider multiple points of view throughout the unit, in particular during a role play activity around land use in the Melbourne foodbowl.
  • This resource is also of great value to the Victorian geography curriculum at Level 9. The unit of work addresses a range of content descriptions under the Biomes and food security Geographical Knowledge sub-strand, as well as the Geographical Concepts and Skills sub-strands: Place, space and interconnection and Data and information.
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  • Contributor
  • Name: Footprint Melbourne
  • Organization: Footprint Melbourne
  • Description: Author
  • URL: https://research.unimelb.edu.au/foodprint-melbourne
  • Name: Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria
  • Organization: Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria
  • Description: Author
  • URL: https://www.gtav.asn.au/
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: The University of Melbourne
  • Organization: The University of Melbourne
  • URL: www.unimelb.edu.au
  • Publisher
  • Name: The University of Melbourne
  • Organization: The University of Melbourne
  • Description: Publisher
  • URL: www.unimelb.edu.au
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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