Our Safe Food Supply - Is Our Food Vulnerable?
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 our abundant food supply. Most of us do not worry about all the steps necessary to make sure that the food remains safe all the way to our dinner tables. This WebQuest is intended to lead you to think about some of the vulnerabilities to our food supply as food items move from the farm to your table.

As in the first WebQuest in this series, work in groups of three. In this WebQuest, you will use your knowledge of the production of this food item to learn about vulnerabilities that there might be from terrorist acts.

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. You will probably want to select the same food item that you worked on in the Food Production WebQuest. You may select a different one if you want to.

3. Starting at its origin and referring to its growth or production, identify vulnerabilities regarding this product until it is ready for the consumer's purchase.

4. Prepare a Poster presentation that demonstrates step by step how your food item is produced. A large chart or diagram may work best for this exercise.

i.  Include information on your chart about vulnerabilities to its safe production.

ii.  Suggest ways that the product can be kept safe from terrorist threats.

iii.  Display your poster for your classmates to review. Hold class discussions.

iv.  Your Poster should include proper citations including graphics that are from the Internet.

v.  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:

♦  Federal Government for food biosecurity.

♦  Some vulnerability links.

♦  Food security and emergency preparedness

♦  Food Safety and Bioterrorism for Food Processors

♦  Biosecurity for Agriculture and Food Production

♦  National Biosecurity Center

You now know more about the safe production of your food after creating your Poster and also by looking at 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.


Poster Rubric


7 pts.

5 pts.

2 pts.

0 pts.

Poster Poster demonstrates strong understanding of the problem. Poster demonstrates some understanding of the problem Incomplete. Poster demonstrates little understanding of the problem Complete lack of understanding.
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.