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Food and fibre production: an Aboriginal perspective

This resource investigates historical Australian Aboriginal agricultural production. Chapters include: Aboriginal agriculture- Firestick farming, Cultivation and cropping and aquaculture, Farming and living to the calendar, and the environmental impacts of firestick farming. Suggested answers document also available. The ...

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Brand new beet

Vegetable farmers in Cowra, New South Wales, have seen their market for canned vegetables disappear as consumers switch to fresh food options. Find out how the the Fagan family farm is marching to the 'beet' of a new drum.

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Record dry spell puts farmers under the pump

Australian farmers cope with all sorts of challenges, including lack of rainfall. But what happens when drought persists for longer than usual? In this clip we investigate the effects of a record dry spell on the wellbeing of rural communities in New South Wales in 2003.

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Ethiopia's nomadic pastoralists doing it tough

In 2008, Ethiopia's famines just keep coming, fuelled by prolonged periods of drought, rising food prices and an increasing population. Listen to aid worker Valerie Browning in a program aired that year, as she describes how nomadic pastoralists living in the remote regions of Afar try to survive and make their livelihood ...

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Northern food bowl: on or off the table?

It's been suggested that the high rainfall regions of northern Australia may be the food bowls of the future. This clip from 2013 challenges that idea, with critics casting doubt on the viability of northern irrigation projects. What makes them so sure, and are they right? Watch the clip to find out more.

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Scientists working with farmers

What is the link between science and farming? Watch a high-tech computer application that lifts farm productivity and profitability. Discover how important new technologies have become for farmers as the agricultural industry cries out for more trained scientists.

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Cocoon: silk connections

Have you ever seen a silk cocoon? This clip shows how some creative thinking and an international partnership have helped a silk farm in Western Australia transform its cocoons into silk on the market.

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Food shortage: Please, Sir, can I have some more?

Are we headed for food shortages in the future? Many scientists say that food production is becoming a critical issue and that Australia has a part to play in securing food for the world's future. As you watch this clip from 2013, find out how past strategies dealt with the food security issue, and learn about our plans ...

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Palm oil

Palm oil is an ingredient in many everyday items, from ice-cream to shampoo. See how two friends created a social media campaign calling for palm oil to be sourced only from sustainable plantations. This clip from 2012 outlines some of the impacts of using uncertified palm oil and shows how average people can make a difference ...

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Fair and reliable reporting on Medieval Angkor

What are the dangers of relying on one historical source for an understanding of an ancient society? How important is it for historians to verify information? In this animation of one of history's most significant documents, Zhou Dugaun's 'A Record of Cambodia: the land and its People', consider the reliability of Zhou's ...

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Farm diaries: teacher video

This video supports the unit of work by the same name. Presented by a classroom teacher who has trialled the unit the video reflects on the inquiry based pedagogy and the unit's value in terms of curriculum alignment and student engagement.

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Sustainable fish farming

There are already more people around the world who eat farmed fish than people who eat beef. With the world's population and demand for food increasing, why is it so important for us to farm sustainably? One fishery near Kakadu in the Northern Territory practises sustainable farming. Find out what makes this farm so sustainable.

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Peak phosphorus

Did you know all living things need phosphorus to survive? This is why phosphorus is mined and sold as fertilisers to help grow crops. What will happen to crop yields when we run out of phosphorus? What are some of the solutions Dr Dana Cordell has to combat the issue of diminishing phosphorus supplies?

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Tassie be dammed: agriculture and water supply

In response to prolonged periods of drought, the Tasmanian Government embarked on a plan to 'drought-proof' Tasmania. The plan includes increasing both water storage capacity and the distribution of water to farming communities. In this clip, farmers describe the effects of drought and explain what they see as the benefits ...

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Growing avocados

Demand for certain kinds of food changes with time as people's tastes change. Avocados were not always popular, but in recent years their popularity has increased so much that supply cannot keep up with demand. Learn how stem cell scientists at the University of Queensland are leading the way in research that could cut ...

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World’s first bakers?

When did humans begin grinding seeds to make flour? Many people believe bread-making began in Egypt or Mesopotamia as long as 17,000 years ago. Archaeologists have recently found evidence that Indigenous Australians were producing flour 65,000 years ago. Were they the world’s first bakers?

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Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area: vineyards

The McWilliam's Wines Group has been growing wine in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area (MIA) for almost 100 years. In this clip from late 2012, listen to members of the McWilliam family describe how the industry was established, the reasons for choosing that region and the need to incorporate sustainable practices.

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Organic farming success

How and why did dairy farmer Pat McDonald start using organic fertilisers? What reasons are given in this video for why they’ve been a success?

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Different views on organic farming

Organic farming techniques have their share of advocates and detractors. Watch this video to find out why some farmers have been converted to organic farming methods. Why do you think some farmers might not want to embrace such methods?

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A new Silk Road: farming silk in Australia

When you think of silk farming, do you think of Asia? Meet two people from Margaret River in WA who are attempting to make a go of silk farming in Australia. What changes do they need to make to the traditional silk farming process to make their dream a reality? Watch the clip to find out.