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The Global State of Agriculture infographic

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Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2015-16 | Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC

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Feeding 9 Billion

Feeding 9 Billion | Year 9 Geography - Sustainable Biomes | Scoop.it
When we think about threats to the environment, we tend to picture cars and smokestacks, not dinner. But the truth is, our need for food poses one of the biggest dangers to the planet.

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Sally Egan's curator insight, April 30, 2014 11:09 PM

Agricultural production is one of the ways in which people modify the environment more than any other.  Global population is expected to top out at around 9 billion around 2050, so will we be able to sustainably feed all of the entire human population?  This one question brings up many more spatial, environmental, political and social questions--this interactive feature nicely addresses many of the pertinent issues in a very accessible manner.   

 

This article relates well to the Population topic in Global Challenges and issues that arise from the present growth patterns.  

Sid McIntyre-DeLaMelena's curator insight, May 29, 2014 1:59 PM

As population continues to grow and agricultural lands dissappear, the issue of feeding the world is becoming a growing concern.

The environmental places of the world are becoming arid and the agrarian places are dwindling affecting the human/environment interaction by introducing agricultural issues.

BrianCaldwell7's curator insight, March 16, 3:52 PM

Agricultural production is one of the ways in which people modify the environment more than any other.  Global population is expected to top out at around 9 billion around 2050, so will we be able to sustainably feed all of the entire human population?  This one question brings up many more spatial, environmental, political and social questions--this interactive feature nicely addresses many of the pertinent issues in a very accessible manner.    

 

Tags: sustainability, agriculture, food production, environment modify, unit 5 agriculture. 

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Long-term food production must factor in potential impacts of climate change ... - UN News Centre

Long-term food production must factor in potential impacts of climate change ... - UN News Centre | Year 9 Geography - Sustainable Biomes | Scoop.it
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Long-term food production must factor in potential impacts of climate change ...
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"Climate change has the potential to reconfigure the planet's food production scenario," Mr.

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Locally sourced food, an answer to sustainable living.

Locally sourced food, an answer to sustainable living. | Year 9 Geography - Sustainable Biomes | Scoop.it

The Open Food Network wants to change the way consumers connect with their food.


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oyndrila's curator insight, July 24, 2014 11:29 AM

An effective network will help us access locally grown food and create sustainable food systems.

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Infographic - Issues about our food system.

Infographic - Issues about our food system. | Year 9 Geography - Sustainable Biomes | Scoop.it
Globally there are a billion people who go hungry. Supporting small-scale food producers and tackling climate change can reduce that number.

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oyndrila's curator insight, August 31, 2014 12:03 PM

An infographic worth discussing to understand the food system.

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Pesticide planet infographic

Pesticide planet infographic | Year 9 Geography - Sustainable Biomes | Scoop.it

"In a world of humanmade chemicals, pesticides are second only to fertilizer in the amount applied and the extent of use. They are effective tools for protecting crops, fighting disease-cusing insects, and dealing with nuisance animals such as rodents, fleas, and ticks. But herbicides, insecticides, and their kin can harm the environment and are dangerous to workers if improperly used."


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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, August 31, 2013 2:58 AM

Consequences of chemical usage to improve agricultural output


Australian Curriculum

The human alteration of biomes to produce food, industrial materials and fibres, and the environmental effects of these alterations 

The challenges to food production, including land and water degradation, shortage of fresh water, competing land uses, and climate change, for Australia and other areas of the world 


NSW syllabus 

Students

  • investigate the human alteration of biomes to produce food, industrial materials and fibres and the environmental effects of these alterations, for example: 

-  examination of human alterations to the physical characteristics of biomes eg vegetation removal, agriculture, land terracing, irrigation, mining

- assessment of environmental impacts of human alterations to biomes eg habitat and biodiversity loss, water pollution, salinity 

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Geographical Association - Exploring the Geography of Food

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Food is a basic human need, and right. The production, acquisition and consumption of food occupies everyone to some extent, and connects everyone with the environment, the water cycle, interdependence, global trade and aid, and the changing nature and location of industry. This family of courses explores the development of the coming 'perfect storm' and the relationships between food and the geography curriculum.

 


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Where in the world does our food come from?

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For Yr 9 in the National Curriculum on food security.

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Does Aquaculture Have the Potential to Feed the World’s Hungry?

Does Aquaculture Have the Potential to Feed the World’s Hungry? | Year 9 Geography - Sustainable Biomes | Scoop.it
Aquaculture is one of the fastest growing animal food production sectors, and accounts for nearly half of the supply of fish for consumption around the world.

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Sea bass stocks fall to their lowest in 20 years - OurWorld 2.0 | OurWorld 2.0

Sea bass stocks fall to their lowest in 20 years - OurWorld 2.0 | OurWorld 2.0 | Year 9 Geography - Sustainable Biomes | Scoop.it
Scientists urge restrictions on fishing bass as stocks of the species sink to their lowest in the past 20 years.

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Ecosystems need diversity to survive

Ecosystems need diversity to survive | Year 9 Geography - Sustainable Biomes | Scoop.it
When native plants are removed from farmland, entire ecosystems are placed at risk, new research suggests.

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The Economic and Human Impact of Disasters* in the last 12 years | Visual.ly

The Economic and Human Impact of Disasters* in the last 12 years | Visual.ly | Year 9 Geography - Sustainable Biomes | Scoop.it
The idea was to take global disaster statistics and visualize three key variables that UNISDR wanted to convey to the public – the economic and soci...

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Debilitating drought devastates Brazil

Debilitating drought devastates Brazil | Year 9 Geography - Sustainable Biomes | Scoop.it
The driest conditions in 50 years are wiping out the region's cattle with the threat of 'ghost towns' as ranchers flee.

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Africa: Scaling Up Food Production. From July's National Geographic Issue. - Big Picture Agriculture

Africa: Scaling Up Food Production. From July's National Geographic Issue. - Big Picture Agriculture | Year 9 Geography - Sustainable Biomes | Scoop.it
Big Picture Agriculture
Africa: Scaling Up Food Production. From July's National Geographic Issue.
Big Picture Agriculture
This featured piece is the latest from National Geographic's eight-month long “Future of Food” series.

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Companies that produce 90 percent of our food - Fox News

Companies that produce 90 percent of our food - Fox News | Year 9 Geography - Sustainable Biomes | Scoop.it
Companies that produce 90 percent of our food Fox News It revealed that most of the top ten food production companies paid unfair wages, were involved in land grabs, and showed little concern for the environment, with the worst company earning a...

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Sustaining Seven Billion People

Sustaining Seven Billion People | Year 9 Geography - Sustainable Biomes | Scoop.it

"With seven billion people now living on Earth, the ever growing demand is putting unprecedented pressure on global resources—especially forests, water, and food. How can Earth’s resources be managed best to support so many people? One key is tracking the sum of what is available, and perhaps nothing is better suited to that task than satellites."

 


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Daniel LaLiberte's curator insight, July 6, 2014 12:09 PM

Such studies of the agriculture around the world are essential. The way we are doing agriculture to support seven billion people now, peaking at 9-10 billion in another 60 years, it is clear that we are putting severe strains on the environment.  But we have grown lazy, and we are doing it all wrong.

 

We CAN drastically reduce the amount of meat we consume, and thus quickly reduce the amount of arable land we need.  We CAN grow plants in ways that actually sequester more carbon and improve the soil it over time rather than erode and degrade.  And we CAN in fact grow all the food we need in the space we live in, thus enabling us to recycle all the water used as well, which is mostly just lost in evaporation. 

Tom Cockburn's curator insight, July 13, 2014 5:52 AM

Vital debate for the future

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APHG-U2

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Insecticides put world food supplies at risk, say scientists - The Guardian

Insecticides put world food supplies at risk, say scientists - The Guardian | Year 9 Geography - Sustainable Biomes | Scoop.it
The Guardian Insecticides put world food supplies at risk, say scientists The Guardian The world's most widely used insecticides have contaminated the environment across the planet so pervasively that global food production is at risk, according to...

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Geographical Association - Exploring the Geography of Food

Geographical Association - Exploring the Geography of Food | Year 9 Geography - Sustainable Biomes | Scoop.it

Food is a basic human need, and right. The production, acquisition and consumption of food occupies everyone to some extent, and connects everyone with the environment, the water cycle, interdependence, global trade and aid, and the changing nature and location of industry. This family of courses explores the development of the coming 'perfect storm' and the relationships between food and the geography curriculum.

 


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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, May 15, 2013 1:23 PM

Where in the world does our food come from?

Sally Egan's curator insight, May 28, 2013 7:46 PM

For Yr 9 in the National Curriculum on food security.

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Wasted Food Around The World Takes Heavy Toll On Environment : NPR

Wasted Food Around The World Takes Heavy Toll On Environment : NPR | Year 9 Geography - Sustainable Biomes | Scoop.it
Wasted food creates billions of tons of greenhouse gases, and it costs us precious water and land. The rice lost in Asia and the meat wasted in rich countries contribute most heavily to the problem.

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Factory Food From Above: Satellite Images of Industrial Farms

Factory Food From Above: Satellite Images of Industrial Farms | Year 9 Geography - Sustainable Biomes | Scoop.it

Seen from a satellite, an industrial feedlot has a sort of abstract beauty. The washes of colors, the juxtaposition of organic and rigid geometries, initially obscure the subject. Then comes the realization:That’s where our food comes from.

Such is the power of “Feedlots,” a new series of images crafted by British artist Mishka Henner from publicly available satellite photographs. Henner does work with the photos, enhancing the colors — the waste lagoons above, for example, are flat green rather than bright — but the physical details are unaltered.

Henner, who noticed the feedlots while scanning for pictures of oil fields in Texas, didn’t at first realize what he was looking at. Factory farms exist in the United Kingdom, but not at landscape scales.

Even for Americans, though, these sights are unusual. Industrial farming, especially of animals, tends to be hidden from public view — and under so-called ag-gag laws, that secrecy could become law.


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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, July 14, 2015 11:57 PM

Use images of farming landscapes to stimulate discussion at the beginning of this unit. Ask questions such as

- What is being produced?

- Where might this be

- What environment was here before farming? .. introduce biomes

- where else ore these biomes found? 


Geoworld 9

Chapter 1: Food, Glorious food

1.1 World biomes and food

1.2 Biomes net primary productivity

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Gender, nutrition- and climate-smart food production: opportunities and trade-offs | CCAFS: CGIAR research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security

Gender, nutrition- and climate-smart food production: opportunities and trade-offs | CCAFS: CGIAR research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security | Year 9 Geography - Sustainable Biomes | Scoop.it

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Bolivia: A Country With No McDonald’s

Bolivia: A Country With No McDonald’s | Year 9 Geography - Sustainable Biomes | Scoop.it
What America can learn from one of the most sustainable food nations on Earth.

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Maps of Earth Showing Where Severe Weather is Most Likely to Kill

Maps of Earth Showing Where Severe Weather is Most Likely to Kill | Year 9 Geography - Sustainable Biomes | Scoop.it
This map shows where cyclones are most likely to hit, given current shifts in climate. And now a group of researchers are saying that it also shows where land mammals are most likely to go extinct as weather conditions worsen.

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