Course provided by Future Learn

Study type: Online

Starts: Anytime

Price: Free

Overview

Learn how culture, sustainability, and technology is changing the food system

Food production has transformed our planet. 40% of the land’s surface is used for agriculture, soils and freshwater are under threat, and fisheries are over-exploited.

Millions of smallholders face economic uncertainty, whilst four transnationals control the global grain supply.

And, by 2050, we must feed 9 billion in the face of a changing climate.

On this course, you’ll learn about these challenges in detail and discover potential solutions.

You’ll consider the global food system as a whole, as you explore everything from individual food choice to the impact of agriculture on climate change.

What topics will you cover?

Diets and Health

  • Changing food cultures
  • Diets for personal and planetary health
  • The drivers of eating behaviour

Impacts of Production

  • How crops have changed the planet
  • Over-fishing and fisheries
  • Livestock farming and the environment

Food Security

  • Adapting to climate change
  • Conserving our soils
  • Novel technologies

Food Governance

  • Empowering farmers and smallholders
  • Food as a commodity
  • Ecosystem services

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

  • Available now

Who is the course for?

The course is designed for anyone interested in food sustainability.

Who developed the course?

University of Exeter

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university. It combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction.