Week 1: Introduction to Food Systems
What are they? How do they function? What are the global challenges associated with food systems? How do you as an individual interact with these systems and challenges?
Week 2: Food Production Challenges
Food production creates significant environmental and social impacts. What are these? What are the barriers to sustainable agricultural production? What is already being done to reduce the impact of crop and livestock production, and what needs to change?
Week 3: Food Consumption Challenges
How we buy and consume food is a key driver in food systems and the impacts they have. What needs to be done differently to improve the environmental and health impacts of food consumption? What has been shown to work?
Week 4: Impacts of Global Food Systems
What are the main impacts? We look across the systems at trade, supply chain management, and global health impacts related to diet. We also think about how we collect data from individuals to understand what they eat, and how to translate that into a measure of impact.
Week 5: The Future of Global Food Systems
What does the future look like? We explore what interventions might work, as well as some of the broad tools that can be used to make food systems sustainable. We also examine examples of guidance that might help develop sustainable diets, and discuss the change in data availability and analysis that can help us understand the complex systems that feed us all.