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Trust in Our Food: Understanding Food Supply System

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


This online course explore the challenges and responsibilities of different people in the food system, including the role of the consumer. Participants 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.

Who should join the course

Anyone interested in learning about where their food comes from.


The course will have multiple runs in 2020 and 2021.  

Learning objectives and outcomes

Once completed, participants will 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; and
  • Reflect on the role of the consumer in influencing the food supply system

How to join the course

This course is available on FutureLearn:


Project lead

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Alice Mauchline

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