Global food supply chains are increasingly encountering considerable problems impacting on safety and sustainability affecting the food industry and reducing consumer trust. This MOOC will focus on threats to global food security & consider key challenges which need to be overcome in order to maintain healthy & sustainable food supplies for consumer wellbeing in both the developing and developed world. It will examine threats of an environmental, biological or chemical nature that can affect the one health approach to food systems with impacts to soil, plant, animal and human health. Emerging concerns of natural toxins, endocrine disruptors and nanoparticles that can bioaccumulate through the food chain are of heightened interest due to climate change and environmental pollution. The course will cover topics including: food integrity, soil & plant & animal health and climate change considering the ethical and bioethical constraints and will examine solutions to ensure food security.
Who should apply
Students and young people considering a career in the food industry.
Why should you apply
Both IGFS and University of Turin are leaders in the UK/EU and global farm2fork food security stage which means that this programme will be delivered by multidiscipline experts within the food security/food safety field. This cannot be found elsewhere at this moment.
Timeline of the programme
The course began on 14 January 2019, but is open to join now.
Learning objectives and outcomes
Once completed, participants will be able to:
- Demonstrate the interconnected one health approach to food production from farm2fork
- Demonstrate the ability to critically assess the range of emerging risks that may be introduced
- Examine the ethical & bioethical constrains of the food chain: at the crossroads of objects, subjects, regulations, institutions & governments.
- Pursue a career in research, industry or entrepreneurship related to the food industry sector by showcasing the rising star companies.
Deadline for application
This course is available now on FutureLearn: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/sustainable-agriculture-in-a-changing-environment