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Recap of online course ‘Engaging with Controversies in the Food System: Palm Oil’.

Congratulations! You’ve successfully completed ‘Engaging with Controversies in the Food System: Palm Oil’. We hope that you enjoyed the course and that you’ve learnt more about the controversies surrounding palm oil and it is a complicated matter with no easy solution.

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. Revisit our top ten tips for exploring controversies 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. The topic of palm oil 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.


Reflecting on the course discussions and what you’ve learned, what are your takeaways from this Week? Is there anything you wish to learn more of? Share two takeaways and one wish with others in the comments area, and consider how you’ll take these forward beyond the course.


We would like to thank our supporting partner for this course: University of Reading, and we would like to thank all of you for your participation, comments, and responses. We hope that you enjoyed your time learning with us and achieved your learning objectives.

How did the course go?

We’d love to hear about the things you enjoyed or if there was anything you were hoping to get out of the course that was not covered. This helps us make improvements for the next edition of this course.

So please do share your learning experience with us by commenting or leaving us a short review on FutureLearn!

Are you interested in learning more?

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Alternatively, check out our full list of EIT Food courses here. Some Tasters are available here.

You can also expand your knowledge through exploring our myth busting content over at Food Unfolded, which creates and shares content on the latest food and agricultural innovations to help you rediscover the origins of your food.

If there’s any other topics you’d love to explore in the future, share them in the comments! It’s great to gain ideas for future courses and we may be able to direct you to one of our other FutureLearn courses.

We also encourage you to listen to our weekly Food Fight Podcast. A podcast series examining the biggest challenges facing the food system, and the innovations and entrepreneurs looking to solve them. We ask the questions everyone wants answered, so this is not one to miss!

Let’s stay in touch

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We hope you have enjoyed this course as much as we have enjoyed delivering it, and we hope we’ll meet – maybe as fellow learners – on some other course here on FutureLearn.

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