Summing up

Congratulations! You’ve successfully completed ‘Engaging with Controversies in the Food System’. We hope that you enjoyed the course and that you’ve learnt more about controversies in general as well as the three topics we’ve focused on. Although we haven’t had time to delve right down into each of these topics, it should be clear that all of them are complicated and don’t have easy solutions.

We hope you feel empowered to become more critical and discerning about what you read and to evaluate the information you draw on to make lifestyle decisions more carefully. The top ten tips for exploring controversies can be downloaded as a printable PDF to remind yourself of the skills required in identifying reliable sources and discerning vested interests or other sources of bias.

The earth’s biodiversity and climate system are changing rapidly for the worse and the ways in which we produce and consume food have to take a large amount of responsibility for this. The food system will need to deliver many of the solutions to these planetary crises. We hope this course has shown you that that will not be a simple task. Each of the three topics has shown how complex, interwoven and emergent the issues are. We need to steer away from simple solutions because they may turn out to be flawed, but we do need to keep asking questions and searching for answers.

We would like to thank our supporting partners: University of Reading, the University of Turin and the European Food Information Council (EUFIC).

If you would like to know more about EIT Food, you can find visit our website.

Finally, we would like to thank you for joining us, and also ask for your feedback. We would love to hear your thoughts and find out if you have any suggestions to help us improve this course for the next run. Are there additional topics you would like to see covered in a course like this? Please leave your comments below.

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