Food Studies:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia

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Assessment task 2 –Essay –Food Security and Food Systems (25%)

Your task in this essay is to draw on the knowledge and understandings gained in this unit by discussing ONE of the topics listed below paying close attention to the Intended Learning Outcomes for this unit and the weekly topics discussed during semester. Further details regarding these topic will be discussed during semester. 1.Discuss the causes consequences and possible solution of food insecurity among one of the vulnerable communities:-What are the causes, consequences and possible solution of food insecurity?a.University studentsb.Living Rurally or remotelyc.Low income familiesd.Migrants and newly arrived refugees communitiese.Homeless peoplef.Older Australiansg.People living with Disability h.Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (A&TSI) Communities2.Discuss the sustainability of our food systemand the impact on our health.-How sustainable is our food supply and what could be the solutions for the future?-You might consider the following ideas in your essay:oConsider the term ‘sustainability’ and its dimension including economic, environmental, social and cultural sustainability.3.Discuss the rise of the local food movement and creating of social change. -How is the rise of the local food movement creating social change?-You might consider the followingideas in your essay:oCompare local food systems to industrialised food system. oDiscuss food justice, food sovereignty in the context of the local food movement.oConsider solutions such a ‘community supported agriculture (CSA), farmers markets.oClimate change, the food environment, oSchool canteens, school gardens, community gardens)There are numerous aspects to each of these topics that could form the basis for your essay and you are encouraged to select ONE topic that is of professional and/or personal interest to you. This type of essay is a research paper and requires you to discuss a subject in depth. It also must cite credible sources that can support the information that you present. Therefore, students will need to use a range of sources to research their topic that are evidence-based. These include journal articles from the library databases and website. There are a number of steps that are necessary before you begin to write. -First choose your topic

Next choose an aspect of the topic that is broad, but specific enough so that you can cover the topic sufficiently and it also gives you enough room to write. -Begin conducting the research and organizing it in a way that makes sense to you. This way you have all of the resource information so you can add it to a reference page later on. -After you have gathered a fair amount of sources you can begin writing the paper. -The body of the paper gives the context of your research. Start by using the essay template provided on MyLO as this will help you to structure your essay correctly.



Food insecurity is a significant issue for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. These indigenous people living in remote, regional and urban areas face significant food challenges that began with their colonisation. Colonisation, and socioeconomic challenges combine to negatively exacerbate low income, housing challenges, unemployment, food availability and availability among these key population groups. The history and the current predicament of these groups mean they have high incidences of food insecurity.

Causes, Consequences and Possible Solutions to Food Insecurity

Causes of Food Insecurity

There are various causes and underlying circumstances that predispose these two indigenous groups to food insecurity. These are the structural barriers that are beyond the control of individuals, and the communities which collectively contribute to food insecurity.

Low-income and unemployment: On average the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups have a weekly average income that is $250 lower than non-indigenous homes (Taylor, et al., 2013, p. 61). During the 2014-2015 year, the unemployment rate for these indigenous groups stood at 21 percent which is significantly higher than for non-indigenous people. Moreover, 27 per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people report running out of money for basic living expenses. Such scenarios predispose these indigenous groups to a cyclic nature of food insecurity and poverty.

Housing: Poor and inadequate environmental health infrastructure is a major barrier to food security. Eliminating overcrowding and providing adequately designed, built and maintained housing is vital for safe preparation, consumption, and storage of food.


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