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Course

Sustainable Food Systems

Self-paced

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Course Description:

Throughout this course, you will delve into the intricate details of the food production system through a system-thinking lens. You will examine the grand challenges faced by the food, fiber, and natural resource industries and their repercussions on people, the planet, and profit. By the end of this course, you will have a clear understanding of the concept of systems thinking, be able to explain the three key pillars of sustainability and link these pillars to social, environmental, and economic systems.

This course is a non-credit course that is part of the College of ACES suite of online programs. To learn more about online programs from the College of ACES and explore ways to apply your work toward a degree program at the University of Illinois, visit: https://aces.illinois.edu/academics/aces-online

Course Objectives:

 

  1. Examine the interrelationships of the food system and where food comes from to make informed decisions as consumers.

  2. Evaluate the food system's social, environmental, and economic impacts to make informed decisions as a civic participant.

  3. Explore the grand challenges faced by the food system and how they relate to social, environmental, and economic systems.