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Conserving the Territory : six stories for publication, prepared for N.T. Conservation Commission



Conserving the Territory : six stories for publication, prepared for N.T. Conservation Commission

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by Wendy Kirke


Kirke, Wendy


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Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).






Conservation Commission of the Northern Territory; Administrative agencies -- Australia

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3. EACH SPECIES COUNTS CONT. sheep, wheat, cereals and many other common food sources that serve us in a variety of ways. It is hard to imagine a world without these products, without sheep to feed and clothe us, flour to bake . with, or porridge for breakfast on a cold morning. Rice is one of the world's major foods and provides the staple diet for nearly half the entire population. It was through intensive research including the various wild rice breeds that the high-tensity triple-cropping varieties were. su.ccessfully established and resulted in Asia's so-called 'green revolution.' Without such intensive productivity starvation would be even more prevalent than it is today. -~- --------- ---------- -. ---- .. - ~---- ..... -------- - As pressures on food stocks increase throughout the world, it will serve us well to remember that our catt~e were once in the wild; our co'rn-. .' was once wild; and any one of our native plants or animals could one day become a new wonder food .. of the future. But for this to be possible, the potential has to be there. The buffalo is still a wild animal in the Northern Territory, but for thousands of years it has been fully domesticated in Asia. Domestication took place where there were large populations and a close working proximity to man. There was a on_ei owner/o:r;te beast situation. And although essentially a beast of burden and a hard-working traction animal, the buffalo in these conditions gradually developed a personality and temperament that responded well to close handling. ,:"