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Food Production and Consumption

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This module will comprise a series of lectures, supported by interactive seminars and a practical activity. Lectures will draw on a wide variety of theoretical and applied topics with a wide use of case studies throughout. The module will be available either through distance learning or as a residential learning experience at the Centre for Alternative Technology. Distance learners will have access to the same lectures as in-person participants and take part in interactive online seminars. The practical activity will be available as series of videos and a written outline of the aim and outcomes.


  • Worldviews
  • Food production
  • Global and local markets
  • Vertical integration of agriculture
  • Machinery
  • Transportation
  • Economics
  • Labour
  • Environmental externalities
  • Poverty
  • Food and health
  • Diets
  • Sustainability
  • Food sovereignty.


To provide a world view of global and local trends in food production, trends to diet and health, and environmental quality including climate change.
To study the interplay of economics, legislation, labour issues, poverty, technology and consumer behaviour on the production and consumption of food.
To analyse how food can be produced sustainably.
To interrelate key theories, ideas and knowledge on sustainable food production.

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