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Certificate of Achievement

Randal Oulton

has completed the following course:

Grand Challenges: Food for Thought

University of Exeter and Eden Project

This online course explored human and natural factors which affect food production. It introduced the pillars of sustainability, considered the drivers behind intensive food production and explored what we can do to nurture our environment and utilise it effectively to deliver food in new ways.

4 weeks, 3 hours per week

Dr Chris Laing

Lecturer in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences

University of Exeter


Learning outcomes

  • Describe the term 'sustainability' in the context of food production
  • Explain the 'Pillars of Sustainability' model
  • Compare and contrast the sustainability of global coffee, palm oil and banana industries
  • Reflect on the importance of pollinators in relation to food production
  • Investigate the food available from your local area and contrast with your weekly shop


  • The pillars of sustainability
  • Environmental impacts of food production
  • Exploitation of the sea
  • Case studies on the production of Bananas, Coffee and Palm Oil
  • Importance of pollinators

Issued on 5th January 2021

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Free online course:

Grand Challenges: Food for Thought

University of Exeter