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Year 9 Food Biomes Assignment

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Jordan Dal Busco

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Year 9 Food Biomes Assignment
By Jordan Dal Busco

Distance Travelled
Ceylon Tea: Sri Lanka to Russia to Perth = 15,000km
Mt Barker Chicken: Mt Barker to Perth = 368km
Bread Crumbs: Wheat Belt to Perth = 98km
Tomato Paste: China to Perth = 3,740km
Cheese: New Zealand to Perth = 5,300km
Chilli Sauce: Kenya to Perth = 8,890km
Cream: W.A farms to Perth = approx. 300km
Lima Beans: U.S.A to Perth = 18,300km
Strawberries: W.A farms to Perth = approx. 300km
Eggs: W.A farms to Perth = approx. 300km
Potatoes: W.A farms to Perth = approx. 300km
How One Food Item Reaches the Store Shelf from the Farm.
Farming Methods of Poultry Farming
Ceylon Tea --- $2.49 (Sri Lanka)

Chicken Parmesan (bread crumbed chicken breast topped with tomato paste and cheese) --- $13.71

Chicken - $5.00 (WA, Australia)
Bread Crumbs - $1.87 (WA, Australia)
Tomato Paste - $1.86 (China)
Cheese - $2.99 (Vic, Australia and New Zealand)
Eggs - $1.99 (WA, Australia)
Potato Mash, Lima Beans and Chilli Sauce. --- $6..92

Potatoes - $1.19 (WA, Australia)
Lima Beans - $2.38 (U.S.A)
Chilli Sauce - $3.35 (Kenya)

Strawberries and Cream --- $4.50

Strawberries - $1.99 (WA, Australia)
Cream - $2.51 (WA, Australia)
There are several environmental problems associated with
intensive farming. These include:

Soil Degradation
: This being the quality of soil being reduced over time as a result of improper use, usually through farming and agriculture. In this instance the excessive and demanding use of land to produce crops and specific livestock, eg. chickens causes the nutrients to be used up and to inevitably render the land useless.
Resistance to Pesticides:
Intensive farming often requires the use of pesticides constantly. This over use of these chemicals can have numerous effects including insects becoming more resistant to the use of such. This means that because the insects were exposed to these chemicals in order to prevent them from going into intensive farming areas they become more less prone to the effects of the chemicals. This effectively can make pesticides useless or could require more hazardous pesticides being used over time.
Environmental Problems
Soil degradation. (2013). Retrieved from http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/soildegradation/
Australian Broadcasting Company. (2000). European farming methods blamed for soil degradation Retrieved from http://www.abc.net.au/landline/stories/s116302.htm
Raising chickens. (2013). Retrieved from http://www.mtbarkerchicken.com.au/mt-barker-chicken/raising-chickens
Montgomery, D . (2007). Dirt: the erosion of civilization. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Atkinson, A., Cohen, B., Conti, L., Szczecinski, S. (2010) Society & Environment 2. Melbourne: Pearson.
Price for consumers:
Intensive farming only uses a small amounts of land which could make it very effective in a large country such as Australia where farming areas are as big and often bigger than some European countries. This would mean we could grow extremely large amounts of produce than other, smaller nations. So it is much more effective to buy from Australia as the amount of land available means we would have a lot more to sell, so it would be cheaper to buy considering all of the local competition and thus would be better than foreign products which would be more expensive as a result of smaller foreign competition.
The local Australian Benefit:
In general Australia has a lot of area devoted to farming and as a nation has many families depending on the profit of farming to survive. An obvious benefit that buying local products has over foreign products is that by doing so you have the added benefit of knowing you are helping to support remote Australian communities that are solely dependent on farming. This means you are helping people in your own country to survive which would mean they wouldn't have to increase the price of their produce to survive, which in theory would cost you more money.
Economic Advantages of local product versus overseas product
Limitations of Australian Products:
There are only so many different types of produce that Australia can grow. This is a disadvantage because by buying local products you don't have the opportunity to buy more exotic and diverse foreign foods that overseas countries can grow and produce. This limitation in Australia is because of the climate while overseas climates are different and may allow for the production of different produce. Overall this could mean that the small variety could mean similar prices for all types of local food while the diversity of imported food could mean a broader range of prices, some of which would be very cheap.
Aiding Poorer Foreign Nations:
In numerous third world nations, more money is needed to help out the population. By buying imported products from overseas, you would be supporting in helping out people in serious need. Overall by doing this there is an opportunity for them to advance from a developing nation to a developed one, meaning they could produce more food in the future and can make a larger contribution to the total amount of food available globally. This would mean that more food security could lead to cheaper prices for people globally, including Australians.
Economic Disadvantages of local product versus overseas product
Lima Beans
Poultry farming involves intensive farming. This form of farming involves the use of much smaller areas than extensive farming, such as livestock farming which uses large areas of land as well as much more labor being used in intensive farming. Other examples of what intensive farming produces includes fruits and vegetables such as strawberries and wheat.
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