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Trust in Our Food: Understanding Food Supply Systems

How much do you trust your food? Learn about food supply systems, safety, sustainability and nutrition and quality


Explore how your food reaches you.

How does your food reach your plate? Can you trust your food? Find out with this online course that will help you understand global food supply systems.

You’ll explore the challenges and responsibilities of different people in the food system, including the role of the consumer. You will assess the information available to consumers relating to issues of food safety, nutrition and quality, sustainability of production methods and how these affect consumer trust. You’ll leave the course knowing more about where your food comes from and how you can make a difference in the food supply chain.

Please note this course runs without facilitation. The Educator team won’t be available to answer questions or respond to your comments during this course. However, we encourage you to interact and support each other by posting your thoughts and comments and sharing your knowledge with other learners

More information can be found in this presentation.


By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:

  • Describe the complexity of the global food system and the issues that affect consumer trust in food

  • Explain the key factors involved in food safety

  • Critically evaluate different sources of nutritional information

  • Explore the different food labels that provide assurances to consumers

  • Reflect on the role of the consumer in influencing the food supply system

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Audience & Eligibility

Anyone interested in learning about where their food comes from







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Structure & Modules

Week 1: Food systems

  • Consumer and trust
  • Food suply systems

Week 2: Food safety

  • What is food safety?
  • Food scandals

Week 3: Nutrition and Quality

  • What is nutritional value?
  • Who to listen to?

Week 4: Sustainability

  • What is sustainability?
  • The framework

Programme lead

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Alice Mauchline

Senior Research Fellow in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development at the University of Reading