Almost 1 billion people around the world do not have enough food to eat. This number is growing. Is the future of food one of global shortages and widespread famine?
Growing more food sounds like an easy and obvious option. But our food production comes at a cost to the environment, with ecosystems around the world on the brink after decades of habitat destruction and clearing to make way for farming.
Students must investigate how we produce food, how we change the land to do so, and how this impacts on the environment and ecosystems within it. Using what they discover, they must create a strategy for sustainably producing food to feed the world which doesn’t come at the expense of the natural environment.
Are they up to the challenge?
- Task 1: Create team contract
- Choose a focus region & ecosystem
- Task 2: What is an ecosystem?
- Task 3: Biomes & food production
- Task 4: Energy flow in ecosystems
- Task 5: Rising salinity and agriculture
- Task 6: Ecosystems, biomagnification, & bioaccumulation
- Task 7: Algal blooms and agricultural runoff
- Task 8: Agricultural runoff – the Gulf of Mexico
- Task 9: Human alteration of biomes
- Task 10: Can we feed the world in 2050?
- Task 11: Self- and peer-evaluation