Certificate of Achievement

Matthew McGuire

has completed the following course:

Future Food: Sustainable Food Systems for the 21st Century

University of Exeter

This multidisciplinary course addressed current challenges and potential solutions to sustainably feeding the planet. The course covered changing food cultures, diets for personal and planetary health, the drivers of eating behaviour, how crops have changed the planet, over-fishing and fisheries, livestock farming and the environment, adapting to climate change, conserving soils, new technologies, empowering farmers and smallholders, food as a commodity, and ecosystem services in agriculture.

4 weeks, 3 hours per week

Dr Dan Bebber

Senior Lecturer in Biosciences

University of Exeter

Dr Natalia Lawrence

Associate Professor in Psychology

University of Exeter


Learning outcomes

  • 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


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

Issued on 29th December 2020

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Free online course:

Future Food: Sustainable Food Systems for the 21st Century

University of Exeter