Agriculture and Society
Distance Learning will begin May 2017
Compulsory for the MSc in Food Security in a Changing Climate
Truly sustainable and efficient food production requires that the three pillars of sustainable development, economy, society and culture, and environment, are considered together. Topics will include food systems and supply chains; social concerns and ethics; controversies such as organic versus conventional farming and the development of GMOs; the conflicts between production, market, environment and culture; and future challenges around such things as climate change and resource competition. It will provide farmers and agri-food businesses, NGOs and government agencies an insight into current perspectives on ethical issues surrounding food production at the local, regional and global scale.
The module’s units consist of:
- Introduction: the three pillars of sustainability; sustainable food.
- Food systems: local, regional and global.
- History and culture: history of food, communities and food, gender roles.
- Social concerns: marginalization of peoples and of farmers; demographic changes, the role of smallholders.
- Supply chains: global food sourcing, market power relationships, local food.
- Agriculture and food ethics: consumer, market and supplier values and ethics.
- Controversies 1: organic versus conventional (antibiotics); GMO; nanotechnology; neonicotinoids.
- Controversies 2: animal versus plant protein, cloning, ‘factory’ farming.
- Conflicts: production, market, economics, environment and culture.
- Future challenges: climate change; resource competition.
Contributions from: Dr Phil Hollington, Prof Dave Chadwick, Prof John Witcombe, Dr Dave Styles, Dr Neil MacKintosh.
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