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Farm to Fork: Sustainable Food Production in a Changing Environment

Understand how food goes from farm to fork: explore food security, supply chains, food production and agriculture.

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Farm to Fork: Sustainable Food Production in a Changing Environment

14,828 enrolled on this course

  • 4 weeks

  • 3 hours per week

  • Accreditation available

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Discover food supply chains from farm to fork

Please note this course runs without facilitation

How does food reach our plates? How is the food industry changing? What threats are there to food supply chains? How can we build a sustainable food industry?

Get answers to these questions and more with this course that explores food and agriculture in the modern world. You will learn about the complexity of the global food supply chain, the vulnerability of the food industry to emerging threats and the solutions to stopping these threats early. You will also consider the issues surrounding production of food of animal origin.


  • Week 1

    Water, Soil and Plant Health

    • Welcome to the Course

      Welcome to the course 'Farm to Fork: Sustainable Food Production in a Changing Environment'. Here you will meet the team who you will learn with. This includes staff from the University of Turin, and Queen's University, Belfast.

    • Soil Health

      The main soil pollutants that affect animal production are explored here - including metals, microbes, parasites and drug residues.

    • Water Health

      Water health and the impact it has on the food chain is discussed in this section. You will discuss the emerging concerns around two important case studies on water contamination and microplastics.

    • Plant Health

      Plant health and the impact it has on the food chain is discussed in this section. You will discuss the two important case studies on ergot's and aflatoxin's in wheat; and gain an understanding of Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

    • Summary

      To end the first week we have a quiz for you to complete and a final discussion with educators for some final reflection.

  • Week 2

    Animal Health and Welfare

    • Welcome to Week 2

      In week 2 we will focus on the importance of animal health and welfare.You will be introduced to more case studies provided by your Educators and AIA (associazione Italiana Allevatori) and you will discuss key relevant issues.

    • Animal Feed

      Animal nutrition is a key point in the farming management. Here we highlight the impact of feed on animal welfare and on the production of food from animal origin.

    • Prevention and Biosecurity

      Each step of the supply chain has to be controlled in order to ensure the safety of your food. Here you will see how this is implemented everyday.

    • Animal Welfare

      In this section you will see why animal welfare matters.

    • Summary

      To end the week please try the quiz to see what you have learned about the important topic of animal welfare in food production.

  • Week 3

    Food Safety and Human Health

    • Welcome to Week 3

      In week 3 we will explore how food contaminants and pathogens are controlled in the food supply chain.

    • Control of Contaminants and Drug Residues in Food

      Contaminants are substances that have not been intentionally added to food. Here we explore some of the measures which exist to minimise contaminants in foodstuffs.

    • Ensuring Pathogen Free Food

      Pathogens in food include bacteria, viruses, or other microorganisms in food that can cause foodborne illness. In the this section we will explore the efforts made to ensure pathogen free food.

    • Monitoring

      Food analytical methods have developed in response to emerging food safety issues. In this section we will explore some of the innovative methods used for the monitoring of food safety and quality.

    • Summary

      To end the week please try the quiz to see what you have learned about food contaminants, pathogens and analytical methods.

  • Week 4

    Climate Change and Food Security

    • Welcome to Week 4

      In week 4 we will look at how climate change represents a major threat to global food security. We will consider the potential effects it may have on soil, water, plant and animal health.

    • Climate Change

      Before we can look at the potential risk to food security we must begin by exploring the evidence for climate change.

    • Climate Change and Soil Health

      The potential effects climate change may have on soil health.

    • Climate Change and Water Health

      The potential effects climate change may have on water health.

    • Climate Change and Plant Health

      The potential effect of climate change on plant health.

    • Climate Change and Animal Health

      The potential effect of climate change on animal health is discussed in this section.

    • Summary

      You have completed the final week of this course on sustainable food production in a changing environment. It is time to reflect on what you have learnt.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Discuss the interconnected one health approach to food production from farm to fork
  • Illustrate knowledge and skills required to evaluate current and emerging risks to food safety and relate these to potential threats to human/animal health and global food security highlighting solutions to the issues
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically assess the range of emerging risks that may be introduced during food production and manufacture systems and determine their potential impact on food safety and consumer health
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the range and types of food insecurity affecting food safety, traceability and authenticity, and the regulatory requirements and challenges to the maintenance of food quality/safety
  • Examine the ethical & bioethical constraints of the food chain: at the crossroads of objects, subjects, regulations, institutions & governments
  • Encourage pursuit of a career in research, industry or entrepreneurship related to the food industry sector by showcasing the rising star companies.

Who is the course for?

This course is for people looking for an introduction to food supply chains and the future of agriculture - it’s ideal for students and young people looking to learn more about careers in the food industry.

If you’re looking to expand your knowledge on this topic, you might also find of interest the following EIT Food courses on sustainable food production and circular economy principles:

What do people say about this course?

I enjoyed the variety of resources in the course!

"I enjoyed the variety of resources in the course and now know where I can get further information. I've learned lots about the threats to food production."

I have benefited a lot from the course

"This course greatly articulates the benefits of circularity in accelerating systemic change across environmental, social and economic systems in food production"

Who will you learn with?

At the Dept of Veterinary Sciences, I study how natural/pollutants estrogen-mimicking compounds in the feed may affect the brain development and decrease fertility, meat quality, and animal welfare

DVM, Assistant Professor at the Department of Veterinary Sciences of the University of Turin, Italy.
Research field: Food Safety

I am vet, working as a researcher at the Dept. of Veterinary Sciences - University of Torino. My field is the study of contaminant and drug residues in food of animal origin.

I'm Biologist and PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology. I teach in the Department of Veterinary Science of Turin. My scientific interests deal with food safety related to drugs and contaminants.

Dr Katrina Campbell is a Reader within the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen's University Belfast. Her research monitors food safety threats and effects from environment to farm to fork.

Michaela is a Lecturer in Education working on the development of EITFOOD education programmes. Her background is in food science and research at the Institute for Global Food Security.

Who developed the course?

EIT Food

EIT Food is Europe’s leading food initiative, working to make the food system more sustainable, healthy and trusted.

Queen's University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast is a member of the Russell Group of 24 leading UK research-intensive universities.

University of Turin

The University of Turin is one of the largest and most prestigious Italian universities, with about 70,000 students, 4,000 employees, and 1,800 research fellows, encompassing all academic sectors.

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