Future Food: Sustainable Food Systems for the 21st Century Course - University of Exeter

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Find out what sustainability means for food and explore the challenges of our journey towards a more sustainable food future.

Learn how culture, sustainability, and technology is changing the food system

Food production has transformed our planet. 40% of the land’s surface is used for agriculture, soils and freshwater are under threat, and fisheries are over-exploited.

Millions of smallholders face economic uncertainty, whilst four transnationals control the global grain supply.

And, by 2050, we must feed 9 billion in the face of a changing climate.

On this course, you’ll learn about these challenges in detail and discover potential solutions.

You’ll consider the global food system as a whole, as you explore everything from individual food choice to the impact of agriculture on climate change.

What topics will you cover?

Diets and Health

  • Changing food cultures
  • Diets for personal and planetary health
  • The drivers of eating behaviour

Impacts of Production

  • How crops have changed the planet
  • Over-fishing and fisheries
  • Livestock farming and the environment

Food Security

  • Adapting to climate change
  • Conserving our soils
  • Novel technologies


Food Governance

  • Empowering farmers and smallholders
  • Food as a commodity
  • Ecosystem services


When would you like to start?

Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts.

  • Available now
  • 7 December 2020

What will you achieve?

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

  • Investigate global patterns and trends of food consumption and production.
  • Discuss what sustainability means with reference to food.
  • Explain where and how to find reliable information about food.
  • Debate the main issues related to food.
  • Discuss how individuals choose their food and what effects this has.
  • Explore how technological advances are changing the food system.

Who is the course for?

The course is designed for anyone interested in food sustainability.

Who will you learn with?

Natalia Lawrence

I am an Associate Professor in Psychology who studies human eating behaviour and develops novel interventions to help people eat more healthily and sustainably.

Dan Bebber

Dr Dan Bebber is an ecologist with an interest in the impacts of climate change on diseases of agricultural crops. His current research focuses on diseases of tropical crops like bananas and coffee.

Bethan Stagg

I am a botanist and science educator. I work for a project developing diverse pastures on UK farms. I'm also a keen allotment grower.


Who developed this course?

University of Exeter

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university. It combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction.

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  • Access to this course for 6 weeks

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  • Access to this course for as long as it’s on FutureLearn
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  • Access to this course, and hundreds of other FutureLearn short courses and tests for a year
  • A printable digital Certificate of Achievement on all short courses once you’re eligible
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  • The flexibility to complete your choice of short courses in your own time within the year
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