A Free Online Course on the Controversies in the Food System

Would you want to know the implications on what you eat on your health and the environment? Do you think that beef and insect-based protein will be competing for our attention on supermarket shelves soon?  Are you a policy maker or do you aspire to shape the discussions around food and environment? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then the free, online course ‘Engaging with Controversies in the Food System’ is a perfect course for you. The course runs from 4th November 2019 for three weeks and is designed in a way that by dedicating three hours a week you will have understood the debates around our food choices and their implications while developing critical thinking skills. You can do the entire course on your mobile/cell-phone and there really is no cost involved unless you want to pay for a certificate of completion at the end of the course.

The course will run on the Future Learn platform and is funded by EIT Food – Europe’s leading food innovation initiative. The course is  developed and led by the University of Reading- one of the top ten universities in the world on agriculture and forestry courses (and the only UK university in the global top ten) , in collaboration with the University of Turin (Italy) and EUFIC, a Brussels-based non-profit organisation that provides clear, practical and evidence-based information on food and health. As in most other online courses, learners have the flexibility to learn at their own time and speed.

The educators of the course are authorities in the agrifood and environment sector and are led by Dr. Andrew Ainslie- Associate Professor of International Rural Development at the University of Reading, Joanna Kaniewska- Senior Manager at the European Food Information Council and Luca Cocolin- Professor of Food Microbiology at the University of Turin.

In addition, by taking up the course you will engage in wide-ranging discussions with other learners and professionals in the food and environmental sector from around the world (Future Learn courses regularly attract thousands of learners, drawn from literally every country in the world) something which will broaden your networking skills as well as your knowledge. You will also have a chance to engage in food debates and get to understand the different viewpoints and their bases.

Use this link to register for the course: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/engaging-with-controversies-in-the-food-system.

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