Our Safe Food Supply - Food Production

A  WebQuest for Grades 8 - 12, WebQuest Agricultural Series by Missouri Farm Bureau and Missouri State University


This WebQuest is intended to accompany the DVD, "Agro-Security - Safeguarding the American Food Supply."



Most Americans enjoy an abundant food supply. Many of us do not even think about all the steps that each item must go through before it reaches our tables. This WebQuest is intended to encourage you to learn about our many food items and how they get from the farm to your table.

Your task today is to research a food item. You are to learn about how it is produced, how it is processed and also to learn about what steps are followed to make sure that the food product is safe.

1. View the DVD, "Agro-Security - Safeguarding the American Food Supply," for ideas.

2. Work in groups of 3. Select a food item. You might select a meat item, a vegetable, a fruit, a canned food, a baked food item - there is no end to what you can select. You are to coordinate with others in your class however to make sure that no two groups are researching the same food item.

3. Your group is to research your food, starting at its origin and learning about its growth or production, until you end up with the product ready for the consumer's purchase. You may want to use a graphic organizer to help organize your thoughts and ideas so the PowerPoint presentation will be knowledgeable and interesting.

4. Prepare a PowerPoint presentation that demonstrates step by step how your food item came to be. The PowerPoint should contain at least ten slides. But more slides will be necessary for many foods. Incorporating video footage (if you can find it) into your PowerPoint might add additional interest to your viewers.

5. Present your PowerPoint to your class. Discuss your food item in your presentation making appropriate comments about food safety and how this food item stays safe from the farm to the consumer. Be sure to use the PowerPoint slides as an outline, not for everything you plan to say. As you give the presentation, you will give all of the explanations and information orally.

6. Your PowerPoint should include proper citations for all borrowed ideas and information. This includes graphics that are from the internet.

7. Because there are so many foods that you might select, you will have to select appropriate print and internet references. Here are some good references to get you started:

Here is a good example of production steps for one food.

Here is a milk example that explains processing.

You might find some videos or other good information at Food Safety

You now know more about the safe production of your food after creating your own PowerPoint and also by watching those made by your classmates. The next time you go to your favorite store, you should have a greater appreciation and understanding of how many steps were involved in the production of your food.


PowerPoint Rubric


7 pts.

5 pts.

2 pts.

0 pts.

The production process Demonstrated all steps in the process Only a few omissions Incomplete. Several important steps omitted. Complete lack of understanding.
Understanding of food safety Confidently described food safety as all steps. Understood most food safety concerns. Relied on biased or incorrect information. No research done.
Citations All sources and graphics properly cited. All sources and graphics cited by lacked format. Most sources cited but not all. Complete lack of citation.
Response to Questions Demonstrated complete understanding. Able to respond to most questions. Tried to answer questions. Were not able to respond to questions.



This page was developed by Dr. Lyndon Irwin and is maintained by Missouri Farm Bureau.

Please address questions to Diane Olson at Missouri Farm Bureau.