Our Food Supply Depends on Bees!
|As we approach the year 2050 it is estimated that the world’s population will reach 9.7 billion people. Although this seems a long way away, it is within students’ lifetime. Because of this expected population increase we need to be smart about how we use resources today, to make sure they are available in abundance in future years.
Bees pollinate a whopping TWO THIRDS of our food production.
Most Fruit, Nuts, Vegetables, Seeds, and Livestock Feed production is dependant on the existence of Bees. They are more vulnerable to disease and pests through the overuse of pesticides, herbicides, and modern agricultural practices. Human activity is reducing the habitat and food sources.
While it is well known that bees produce honey, many other food sources also rely on bees. Conservative figures show that bees pollinate at least ONE mouthful in every THREE that we eat! Bees around the world, including in Australia, are in serious trouble. Overuse of pesticides and herbicides make bees more vulnerable to disease and pests. Modern agricultural practices and urbanisation are greatly reducing bee habitat and food sources. Scientists are seeing a large decline in bee populations worldwide. This poses a threat not only for our food production but our environment as a whole, as flowering plants rely on pollinators to survive. The good news is we can all do things to help ensure the survival of bees!
The Australian Curriculum aligned “Love Food? Love Bees!” Year 5 & 6 integrated unit explores the importance of bees and enables students to take real and bee-friendly action in their community.
Each lesson contains hands-on activities, tips, content information, assessment ideas, engaging videos and a range of other tools
that support teachers to navigate this unit. There is also a digital library that has a load of fun and entertaining bee information. There are also a great range of resources in the Cool Australia Toolbox to use in the classroom too.
Download and print our new ‘How to create a Bee Friendly Garden‘ flyer. It has lots of great simple ideas on how to be ‘Bee Friendly!
June 2020. We’ve just received a report from Cool Australia about the reach of the ‘Love Food? Love Bees!’ education material reaching 132,329 students this past year and to date 244,707 student have participated in this program Australia wide! Check the FREE resources out and find out why they are one of Cool Australia’s top performing resources.
Love Food?Love Seeds!- Early Learning
Early learning educators! Connect your children to the natural world through sensory and play-based learning with Love Food? Love Seeds! Developed with Cool Australia, this brand-new unit provides 6 lessons to help children understand how food grows from seeds.
As people move further and further away from where their food is produced it is increasingly important to help children understand where their food comes from. This unit focuses on students exploring the amazing world of seeds, using play and exploration to find out where the plants that rely on in our food system begin.
Delve into Food Security with the NEW Love Food? Love Bees!-Food Security and Sustainability- Year 9 & 10
Most students connect bees to a painful sting or the honey on their breakfast but have little idea about their crucial role in Australia’s food security. Most fruit, nuts, vegetables, seeds and even livestock feed are dependent on bees.
We’ve teamed up with Cool Australia to create a new package of Love Food? Love Bees!-Food Security and Sustainability- Year 9 & 10 looking at the powerful role of pollinators in food production, the barrage of threats leading to their demise and, importantly, the steps we can take to create change.
In the lesson Introduction to Food Security, students learn about the role of bees in food production and create a supermarket cheat sheet that their families can use to make more informed food choices.
“Dead bees cover the ground on King Island!” Immerse your students in a hypothetical scenario as part of the lesson Powerful Pollinators. Your students will create a flow diagram to illustrate how the decline in bees will impact the island’s food security.
Examine the school canteen menu as part of the lesson Taking Action for Food Security. For this inquiry task, students assess the sustainability of ingredients and then create a proposal outlining more sustainable food options.
You can also use Love Food? Love Bees! to connect classroom learning to global and national calendar events – the inaugural World Bee Day on 20 May 2018 and Australian Pollinator Week 11-18 November 2018.