This free course, Eating for
the environment, will explore the links between food, nutrition and environmental sustainability. It will start by exploring the diversity on your dinner plate and encourage you to reflect on it in relation to dietary choices and preferences of people
around the world. It will explore the connections between food, culture and traditions, and the challenges in providing healthy and nutritious food to the world’s growing population. The course will examine innovative approaches to food that also
help environmental sustainability.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
identify the diversity of ingredients on dinner plates from around the world
list the ingredients of a dinner plate and place them on the taxonomic tree
recognise traditional and cultural associations of food
identify geographical origins of different foods and intellectual property rights over them
explore the links between food choices and environmental sustainability.
I really enjoyed this course and it made me question things that I'd never thought about. The activities were interesting and I was introduced to various websites that were fascinating resources. Personally, I've got a lot from it and it's made me want to explore more about food.
My only negative comment is that I don't think the title of the course is particularly descriptive of the content. I have not come away with the information about the carbon footprints of food / impact of agribusiness that I was expecting to get from the course title. In my opinion, the course is more about Food Geography and the variety of food that we eat. The introduction to the course, and the learning outcomes, are accurate summaries of the course though so I'd just recommend people read those in advance to ensure it's what they are looking for.