"Eating is an environmental act." — Alice Waters, US Chef and activist
Food For Our Futures is a two hour program investigating the causes and effects of food security at a global and local level before moving on to discussing what citizens, farmers, scientists and governments can do to help alleviate the issue.
The program commences with an engaging practical activity which illustrates the proportion of the world's population that are currently affected by poverty and food insecurity. The data represented during this activity provides a point of reference during the rest of the session.
The concept of food security is deconstructed into availability, access, utilisation and stability to allow students to start thinking about who is affected by this global problem and why. Food utilisation is illustrated in a matching activity where students race to match the fruit or vegetable with the correct plant to highlight our current disconnect from the food that we eat.
Food security is then investigated at a national level. Myths are busted and we begin to think about what can be done by farmers, scientists and the general population to tackle this growing issue.
A diamond ranking activity helps students to consider what consumers think is important when choosing the food that they eat before we begin to look at some unique ideas being explored internationally to ensure there is sufficient food for all into the future.
Finally, the students complete a personal sustainability audit to gain some insight into their own lifestyles and areas where they can begin to make a difference. In this way they will be empowered to make a change and play their own part in overcoming this global problem.
Year 9 ACARA UNIT 1: Biomes and food security
Environmental, economic and technological factors that influence crop yields in Australia and across the world. (ACHGK062)
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. (ACHGK063)
The capacity of the world’s environments to sustainably feed the projected future population to achieve food security for Australia and the world. (ACHGK064)