Sustainable Food Systems (Coursera)

Sustainable Food Systems (Coursera)
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Sustainable Food Systems (Coursera)
Throughout this course, you will delve into the intricate details of the food production system through a system-thinking lens. You will examine the grand challenges faced by the food, fiber, and natural resource industries, and their repercussions on people, the planet, and profit. By the end of this course, you will have a clear understanding of the concept of systems thinking, be able to explain the three key pillars of sustainability and link these pillars to social, environmental, and economic systems.

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What You Will Learn

Explore the pillars of sustainability in food production and examine grand challenges in food, nutrition, economics, environment, & energy systems.


Syllabus


WEEK 1

MODULE 1 | Food System as a System

In this module, learners will explore the complexities of the food system, examine the ways systems thinking influences our world, and examine some of the grand challenges and emerging issues in the food, economic, environmental, and energy systems.


WEEK 2

MODULE 2 | Sustainability in the Food System

In this module, learners will investigate the three pillars of sustainability and their relationship to the food system, explore major challenges and emerging issues, and examine the ultimate goal of derisking the future.


WEEK 3

MODULE 3 | Food Production Systems

In this module, learners will define and explore the types of food production systems, examine the production and processing systems in the food systems, and investigate the roles of consumers and producers.


WEEK 4

MODULE 4 | Food and Nutrition

In this module, learners will investigate issues related to world hunger, access to nutritious food, food deserts. Learners will also explore the emotional and cultural connections to food.


WEEK 5

MODULE 5 | Food and the Environment

In this module, learners will explore environmental grand challenges and investigate issues related to water and soil quality.


WEEK 6

MODULE 6 | Economics of the Food System

In this module, learners will examine issues in land access and food production demands, explore potential uses of non-productive land, and investigate the influence of a consumer-driven economy.


WEEK 7

MODULE 7 | Energy and Technology in the Food System

In this module, learners will explore grand challenges in energy and technology within the food system, examine the roles of switchgrass and carbon in our environment, and investigate issues in energy and technology.


WEEK 8

MODULE 8 | Examining Grand Challenges; Moving Toward Solutions

In this module, learners will examine the complexities of and decisions associated with food, food production systems, and sustainability. Learners will explore specific ways he/she/they can contribute toward solutions for grand challenges in sustainability and sustainable food systems.



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Course Auditing
44.00 EUR
No previous background knowledge required. This is an introductory, exploratory course.

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