What you'll learn
Introduction Future Food & Food Shortage Part I
Food Shortage Part II: Sustainable solutions
Healthy Choices Part I: Food & Health
Healthy Choices Part II: Food-related behavior and interventions
An interdisciplinary approach to food
Our society depends on the availability of food and accessibility to it. According to the United Nations nearly 800 million people are hungry and on the other hand, over 650 million people are obese. While many people in developing countries experience food shortage, in industrialized countries people are throwing food away. These facts show how paradoxical and complex the world’s food problem is. In this course, more than 10 food researchers from Utrecht University will address the main issues of food consumption. They will handle two interrelated themes; Food shortage and Healthy choices. You will learn to identify the key ingredients of the world’s food challenges and to think about the solutions for enabling changes in the current food system.
We will also look at the possible sustainable solutions for several acute issues: the demands of the growing human population, the role of nutrition, and the need to understand food choices in order to have healthier diet and consider the possibilities of alternative foods. We invite you to join us on an interdisciplinary journey through the world food problems. You will gain new knowledge and insights that will help you form your own opinion on these subjects and make better choices in your food consumption. We hope you will enjoy the course! The Future Food Team
Access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection.
Motivation to learn!
There are no special materials or prerequisite knowledge required for this course.
Who this course is for
Students who are new to this field
Students willing to put in a couple hours to learn about Unravelling solutions for Future Food problems
Advanced students wanting to add another skill to their portfolio
Prof. dr. Denise de Ridder – Professor of Health Psychology – Psychology – Social, Health & Organizational Psychology
Prof. dr. Marca Wauben – Professor of Intercellular communication – Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Prof. dr. Rens Voesenek – Professor of Plant Ecophysiology – Biology
This course includes
Option for learning at your own pace
Videos and reading material about the course
Assessed tasks with feedback from other course participants
Evaluated tests with feedback
Evaluated programming tasks