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VCE Food Studies: Environmental sustainability in primary food production

Resources to assist students research the Unit 4 written report.

Growing the Future - CSIRO insights

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A series of short essays from CSIRO Agriculture and Food covering a range of topics around sustainability in farming and primary food production - its challenges and opportunities. These essays inform many topics of investigation in VCE Food Studies. 

Selective Breeding and Climate Change

Video (2 min.) on speed breeding technology which addresses the time challenge of traditional crop development (often 5-15 years for each development) allowing a more rapid response to address drought, climate change and global hunger. 

General Resource - Landline (ABC)

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ABC's long running program features stories across agri-politics and economics, business and product innovation, animal and crop science, regional infrastructure, climate and weather trends and regional and rural services. Its archives are searchable and available to view online and its content will support many of the topics covered in VCE Food Studies and provide a uniquely Australian perspective. 

Biosecurity

Department of Agriculture video on plant biosecurity measures for plant producers, big or small (3 min).

Biosecurity measures in place on Australian pig farms (3 min).

Aquaculture

Four Corner's segment (2016, 47 min.) which investigated the Tasmanian salmon farming industry, questioning its sustainability. 

Tuna, Salmon and Aquaculture - Matthew Evans. The 2014 documentary (50 min.) which exposed problems with seafood farming and called for more sustainable practices and better labeling.

Gene Banks and Food Security

Video from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United States (2019, 3 min.) outlining the purpose of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture to which the Australian grain and pasture seed gene banks contribute.

Exploring the Arctic's Global Seed Vault (2016, 6 min).