Agriculture, Environmental & Related Studies
For an agricultural business to be financially viable, expenditure on land, labour and capital is key. This video looks at the approaches taken by a wool farm and a beef farm towards these three factors of production. Featuring insight from Australian wool growers, beef farmers and academics, this is a highly relevant resource for senior secondary and tertiary students studying economics, business studies or agriculture. Show Less
Government’s role in agriculture aims to ensure that there are consistent standards of safety, ethical practice, and financial stability across the sector. This video spotlights the impact of levies, tariffs, taxation and other legislation on the wool and beef industries. Featuring insight from Australian wool growers, beef farmers and academics, this is a highly relevant resource for senior secondary and tertiary students studying economics, business studies or agriculture. Show Less
As one of the world’s largest industries, agriculture is a perfect example of economics in action. This four-part series looks at markets, the laws of supply and demand, the factors of production and the role of government in wool and beef farming.
As in all international markets, the price of agricultural goods is determined by their supply and demand. Spotlighting wool and beef markets, this video discusses domestic and international markets, value adding and economic disruption and diversification. Featuring insight from Australian wool growers, beef farmers and academics, this is a highly relevant resource for senior secondary and tertiary students studying economics, business studies or agriculture. Show Less
Australia is the driest inhabited continent on the planet. Drought in many parts of this nation is a fact of life. At just about any point in time, somewhere in Australia will be experiencing drought. It poses challenges to many areas of society and the economy, particularly the agricultural sector. This program looks at drought in Australia. Featuring interviews with environmental scientist Dr Terry Walshe, together with vegetable farmer Peter Schreur and Mildura-based farmers Bob McCarthy and Neil Bennett, it explores the nature of drought in Australia, the climatic causes of drought, the environmental, social and economic effects of drought and strategies to manage drought. This is an excellent resource for middle to senior level students of Geography, Environmental and Agricultural Sciences. It is an interesting and informative resource for students of Geography and environmental studies. Show Less
Throughout time, Australia's natural climatic extremes have presented many challenges for human inhabitants. This has prompted Australians to develop a unique relationship with the natural environment. In this program we explore the values associated with environmental sustainability and how the human relationship with nature has changed over time. We look back to discover how the first Australians developed sustainable living habits and farming practices, enabling them to live in unity with the barren landscape and infertile soils, through to how the early settlers attempted to change Australia into the European land they knew. Show Less
In recent history, Australia's relationship with nature has evolved with the arrival of settlers and increased population. We are more aware of the importance of preserving our natural environment. In this programme we investigate how white settlers with a different view on nature attempted to modify Australia's landscape to suit foreign farming practices. Nature was a tough adversary, but provided the early Europeans with enough resource to grow into a nation. We discuss the creation of Australia's first national park in 1878, which forever changed future relationships with the land. Also investigated is the need to respect historical, traditional and cultural heritages of the land. Show Less
Join us on a whirlwind tour of Australia's diverse natural and man-made environments. We kick off with the Great Dividing Range's impact on rainfall and human habitation, and then dive into the Great Barrier Reef, revealing the impact of global warming on this fragile ecosystem. Next we explore the indigenous connection with Kakadu National Park and Uluru, before examining the significance of the Murray-Darling Basin as Australia's food bowl. We conclude with the gradual erosion of the Twelve Apostles and two of Australia's most significant urban environments - Canberra, the nation's capital, and Sydney, the international face of Australia. Show Less
Bush foods - or bush tucker - have been consumed for thousands of years in Australia, and it makes us unique in the world when it comes to cuisine. For most of the time humans have been consuming bush foods they have done so on a non-cultivated, non-commercial basis. In recent decades however, some of Australia's bush tucker is being harvested commercially and sold around the world. Many will be familiar with our native meats - kangaroo, crocodile and emu - but there are dozens of plants and fruits that can form nutritious and very tasty additions to our diet. These foods include bush tomato, Davidson plums, Kakadu plums, macadamia nuts, mountain pepper and pepperberry, native mint, quandong, wattleseed and wild rosella. This highly engaging and interesting learning resource examines a range of Australian bush foods and looks at both traditional and commercial uses. Show Less
Australian food is an eclectic blend of many different cultures. This program explores the origins of many popular Australian foods and what it is that makes them Australian. Beginning with the British colonisation and family favourites such as the traditional Sunday roast, we explore how the migration of the Chinese and Europeans after WW2 introduced Australia to many new culinary delights, and influenced the food we eat today. We introduce the emergence of 'fusion foods' and discuss the growing popularity of Australian bush foods and how the bush food industry is expanding into international markets. Show Less
Knowledge of the complex interactions contained in a farm environment, and their contribution to a successful business enterprise; is an important part of understanding the agricultural industry. This program explains and illustrates the inputs, outputs, processes and boundaries of farm systems, as well as the factors that affect production. These include: climate, soils, weeds, pests, diseases, microbes and invertebrates. Sustainable farming practices are also examined, including how technology and innovation has contributed to changing farm management practices. Show Less
We have updated this popular classic, showing more of Australia’s unique animals. The program features extraordinary footage of kangaroos, emus, platypuses, wombats, dingoes, crocodiles etc, and the only footage ever taken of the Tasmanian tiger. The program also looks at how animals obtain energy, how animals protect themselves, how they protect their young, and survival and extinction of species. This is a wonderful introduction to our unique native species, with exciting activities and suggestions that will keep students enthralled for hours. Show Less
This program studies the processes used to produce high-quality milk. We see how raw milk is pasteurised and transformed into a variety of dairy products.
Produced in conjunction with the Australian Nature Conservation Agency, this program is an introduction to some of the nation's rare and threatened species. By exploring some of Australia's fragile ecosystems, we define the links between biophysical environments and species diversity. Emphasising careful ecological management, the program outlines what each species needs to survive. Some of the examples shown are the Wollemi Pine, the Dugong, Leadbeater's Possum and the Green Sea turtle. Show Less