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How important is Cotton by Emma Rice

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The Cream of the Crop Competition invites students in NSW secondary and tertiary education institutions to create a PowerPoint or a video which can be published on the web and win $500.
The competition ask the students to promote the importance of agriculture to their peers, to encourage a better understanding of agriculture as well as promote agricultural careers and rural life.

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How important is Cotton by Emma Rice

  1. 1. How important is cottonHow much of the cotton industry dowe not realise in our everyday lives . Hurlstone Agricultural High School Archibull 2011
  2. 2. Cotton is one of the most important fibresin our lives. We use it tomake jeans, cups, shirts, tires and money! Just how much Cotton is in our lives? Hurlstone Agricultral High School Archibull 2011
  3. 3. Cotton? Cotton is a natural fibre which grows on a plant called a - you guessed it cotton plant.For every kilogram of cotton between 7000L and 20,000L of water are needed. And this is before it is harvested . Hurlstone Agricultral High School Archibull 2011
  4. 4. Sustainable cottonSo now you know these few facts about howmuch water cotton needs and we all knowabout the world water crisis your probablywondering if you can really have sustainablecotton. But you can. Hurlstone Agricultral High School Archibull 2011
  5. 5. What if we don’t have sustainable cottonCotton is what is known as a necessity so wehave to have a reliable source of cotton not onlyso the farmers have a source of income but alsobecause if we don’t keep up with the cottondemand; Hurlstone Agricultral High School Archibull 2011
  6. 6. The farmersThere will be a will try todecrease in increase cottoncotton lint or Cotton oil quality and willfibre production lose income. will decrease while the requirements will increase. Hurlstone Agricultral High School Archibull 2011
  7. 7. What is the differenceUse the information below to answer the question in bold then check out your clothes at home and see what you are really wearing.Cotton is a very soft gentle fibre, it can easily be used for hypo-allergenic materials such as carpets, shirts and linen.This is in comparison to wearing polyester which comes in the form of plastic balls about the same size as bean bag filling. Which would you prefer to wear – plastic or cotton ? Hurlstone Agricultral High School Archibull 2011
  8. 8. Factors affecting cotton yieldGlobal warming – cotton is a plant that thrivesin a warm environment but it has to becontinually a similar temperature. The idealtemperature is between 18⁰ C and 28⁰C withplenty sunshine and regular water.The Green house effect - as the green houseeffect continues to grow, our world is gettingwarmer and the warmer the world, the lesscotton can grow. Hurlstone Agricultral High School Archibull 2011
  9. 9. Is it just the cotton industry being affected by the lack of knowledge ?No – the cotton industry isn’t affected as muchas some other industries when it comes to lackof knowledge on the consumer’s behalf. Most ofus wouldn’t have a clue where our fruit, meat,vegetables or clothes come from. But somepeople have some idea that there is a differencebetween cotton, nylon and polyester. Thefollowing poem shows us where the lack ofknowledge is going to lead Australianagriculture. Hurlstone Agricultral High School Archibull 2011
  10. 10. AUSTRALIA SECONDS THIS!!! Author; Unknown.
  11. 11. When the shearing sheds are silent and the stock camps fallen quiet When the gidgee coals no longer glow across the outback nightAnd when the bush is forced to hang a sign, ‘.gone broke and won’t be back’ And spirits fear to find a way beyond the beaten track
  12. 12. When harvesters stand derelict upon the wind swept plainsand brave hearts pin their hope no more on chance of loving rainsWhen a hundred outback settlements are ghost towns overnight When we’ve lost the drive and heart once more to see us right
  13. 13. When ‘pioneer’ means stereo and digger some backhoeAnd the outback is behind the house. there’s no where else to go And ‘ANZAC’ is a biscuit brand and probably foreign owned And education really means brainwashed and neatly cloned
  14. 14. When you have to bake a loaf of bread to make a decent crust And our heritage once enshrined in gold is crumbling to dustAnd old folk pay their camping fees on land for which they fought And fishing is a great escape: this is until your caught
  15. 15. When you see our kids with Yankee caps and resentment in their eyes And the soaring crime and hopeless hearts is no longer a surprise When the name of RM Williams is yuppie clothing brand Not a product of our heritage that grew up off the land
  16. 16. When offering a hand makes people think you’ll amputate And two dogs meeting in the street is what you call a ‘mate’ When ‘political correctness’ has replaced all common senseWhen your forced to see their way, there’s not sitting on the fence
  17. 17. Yes one day might find your self an outcast in this landPerhaps your heart will tell you then, ‘. I should have made a stand’ Just go and ask the farmers that should remove all doubt Then join the swelling ranks who say don’t sell Australia out.
  18. 18. HopefullyHopefully you have learnt a little from our slidebecause we certainty have learnt from buildingour cow and all the other little bits and blogsinvolved in making this presentation. Hurlstone Agricultral High School Archibull 2011

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