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 From waste to value: how to tackle food waste

Programme: ‘From Waste to Value: How to Tackle Food Waste’ from_waste_to_value_IMAGE

Lead Academic: Dr Simona Grasso

Programme Description:

Discover the causes and impact of food loss and food waste and learn how you can tackle it on a personal, community, and national level. Join our FREE, three-week online programme called ‘From Waste to Value: How to Tackle Food Waste’.

On this course you will learn what food waste is, why it matters and its effects on climate change. Reflect on your own personal contribution to the problem and explore how the waste hierarchy and the circular economy provide a framework for discovering solutions to this issue. You will gain practical information for reducing food waste at home and how you can be an agent of change in your community and at a national level. You will hear from companies that are making a difference with innovative products and services.

This course was funded by EIT Food and developed by the University of Reading’s School of Agriculture, Policy and Development in collaboration with Rethink Resource. It would appeal to environmentally conscious citizens who are worried about the way the Earth’s resources are currently being used and want to get a better understanding of the problem to take action to tackle it. This would include employees in the food sector, restaurant owners and chefs, and concerned consumers.

Register today: This course is available on Future Learn, follow this link to secure your place:

From Waste to Value: How to Tackle Food Waste

Innovation in Arable Farming: Technologies for Sustainable Farming Systems

Programme: ‘Innovation in Arable Farming: Technologies for Sustainable Farming Systems’ arablefarming

Lead Academic: Dr Alice Mauchline 

Programme Description:

Interested to learn about precision agriculture and sustainable intensification and what impact can these have on farming systems?

Join our FREE, three-week online programme called ‘Innovation in Arable Farming: Technologies for Sustainable Farming Systems’.

Intensification of arable farming systems can be achieved through the adoption of innovative technologies, without negatively impacting the environment. However, uptake of these technologies by farmers across the EU has been limited. On this course, you will explore evidence-based information that outlines the benefits and challenges of adopting new technologies within the EU. You will learn from farmers who have adopted agri-tech on their farms to enhance production, while meeting environmental and social responsibilities, and hear how they overcame any barriers to adoption.

What topics will you cover? □ Sustainable arable farming □ Case studies of data driven agri-tech solutions □ Precision agriculture □ Data collection technologies □ Financial considerations □ Social considerations □ Environmental considerations

This course was developed by the University of Reading in collaboration with the University of Hohenheim, John Deere, SatAgro and Agricolus. It was funded by EIT Food and forms part of their wide range of educational activities. Follow this link to find out more.

Register today:  The course is available on Future Learn, follow this link to secure your place:

Innovation in Arable Farming: Technologies for Sustainable Farming Systems

Further details are available here:

  • https://www.eitfood.eu/education/projects/agri-tech-the-future-of-sustainable-arable-farming-2020 
  • Food and Nutrition: The Truth Behind Food Headlines

    Programme: ‘Food and Nutrition: The Truth Behind Food Headlines’ truthbehindtheheadlines

    Lead Academics: Dr Jing Guo, Dr Miriam Clegg (University of Reading)

    Dr Jutta Roosen (Technical University of Munich)

    Dr Joanna Kaniewska (European Food Information Council)

    Programme Description:

    Why does the advice keep changing? Which media headlines do you believe? On our FREE, three-week online programme called ‘Food and Nutrition: The Truth Behind Food Headlines’, starting on Monday 28th September 2020, you will be able to rebuild your trust in nutrition science and look beyond the media headlines.

    Due to conflicting messages from the media, it is becoming harder to know what to believe when it comes to following a healthy diet and lifestyle. During this course, you will be encouraged to think critically about the information behind media headlines and come to your own conclusions about what is good for you, you will explore the psychology of why we are easily influenced by headlines, and you will also learn how to find reliable information online and identify unreliable health studies. This course is designed for anyone who is losing trust in media headlines about how what we eat affects our health and who wants to get to the truth.

    This course was developed by the University of Reading in collaboration with the Technical University of Munich (TUM), and the European Food Information Council (EUFIC). It was funded by EIT Food and forms part of their wide range of educational activities. Follow this link to find out more.

    Register today: The course is available on Future Learn, follow this link to secure your place:

    Food and Nutrition: The Truth Behind Food Headlines

    Further details are available here:

    Understanding Food Labels

    Learn how to interpret food labels so you can make informed food choices and buy food that supports your health and wellbeing.

    Programme: ‘Understanding Food Labels’ Lead Academic: foodlabels

    Dr Simona Grasso

    Programme Description:

    Get the facts you need to put your trust in the food system. Join our FREE, three-week online programme called ‘Understanding Food Labels'.

    Huge amounts of information are provided on food labels, but surveys have shown that we are often unsure of their meaning. On this course, you will learn how to make sense of claims and logos on packaging so that you can make more informed and confident food choices. You will become more aware of what is in the food you are buying, in terms of ingredients, nutritional value and environmental sustainability of different foods. You will also gain a better understanding of food labelling regulations, as well as the claims food producers are allowed to make.

    This course was funded by EIT Food and developed by the University of Reading’s School of Agriculture, Policy and Development in collaboration with the University of Aarhus. It is designed for anyone who makes food purchasing choices and wants to learn more about what goes into their food, the health benefits of what they eat and the sustainability of how food is produced.

    Register today: This course is available on FutureLearn, follow this link to secure your place:

    Understanding Food Labels

    engaging with controversies in the food system

    Programme: 'Engaging with Controversies in the Food System'

    Lead Academic: Dr Andrew Ainslie

    Programme Description:foodcontroversiesphoto

    Have you ever wanted to increase your knowledge about food controversies?

    If you would like to be better informed about the complex nature of the food system - our FREE, three week, online programme called 'Engaging with Controversies in the Food System', is currently running.

    This course will introduce you to some of the key controversies that surround food today, providing you with insights that will challenge your previous conceptions of food, its provenance and its human and environmental costs and enable you to apply more critical thinking to your food choices in future.

    A variety of learning materials and activities will be used throughout this course, aiding participants in becoming better informed and better able to analyse key controversial issues and other trade-offs through measured, rational and balanced consideration of a range of factors. In fact, the course is designed to increase learners' ability to make informed choices about all the food they eat and to become agents of change by arguing for or against certain practises, and perhaps using their new insights to help educate family, friends and even work colleagues on the issues covered in the course.

    This course was developed by the University of Reading's School of Agriculture, Policy and Development in collaboration with EIT Food, the University of Turin and the European Food Information Council (EUFIC). It is funded by EIT Food and forms part of their wide range of educational activities. Follow this link to find out more: https://www.eitfood.eu/education

    Follow this link to secure your place: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/engaging-with-controversies-in-the-food-system/1

    EXPLORE HOW FARMERS PRODUCE FOOD SUSTAINABLY

    Programme: 'Explore how farmers produce food sustainably'

    Lead Academic: Dr Simona Grasso

    Programme Description:
    Interested in sustainability and ever wondered how it affects agriculture? MOOCresized

    Join our FREE, three week, online programme called: 'Explore how farmers produce food sustainably', run by the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development and Future Learn in partnership with EIT Food, can help you to develop a better understanding of the issues as we explore the complex relationship between agriculture and food production, the impact that they have on each other, and the possible approaches to tackling issues such as food waste and food loss generated in the food supply chain.

    This is your opportunity to gain a better understanding of processes used by farmers and primary producers which we hope will lead to increased empathy with the challenges farmers face and to consumers feeling more personally invested in the food choices they make. How does farming impact on the environment? What are the challenges to adopting more sustainable practices?

    Register today:
    For more information visit: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/explore-how-farmers-produce-food-sustainably/1

Trust In Our food

Programme: Trust in Our Food

Lead Academic: Alice Mauchline

Programme description:
Do you know what you're eating - how can you tell where it came from, how it was produced and whether it is safe to eat?

If you would like to gain a better understanding of the food supply chain join our FREE, online "Trust in Our Food: Understanding Food Supply Systems", four-week course, for an insight into the food industry.

This course is relevant to citizens of all ages who are interested in learning about the food system and exploring their trust in food. The course will explore the challenges and responsibilities of different people in the food system, in particular the role of the consumer, in influencing the food system to produce food that we trust. We will assess the information available to consumers and will discuss and create novel, innovative approaches to improve consumer trust in food.broccoli-cabbage-food (resized2)

We will use a variety of learning materials and activities to introduce you to the food supply chain with an exploration of the regulations and safeguards that are in place to ensure the production of safe, high quality foods that meet ethical and environmental standards. And as a participant, you will be invited to offer comment on your own trust issues surrounding the food supply chain which can help to improve the situation. You will leave the course with an understanding of how responsible consumer choice can be an influential force for good.

This course was developed by the University of Reading in collaboration with EUFIC and the University of Turin. It was funded by EIT Food and forms part of their wide range of educational Activities https://www.eitfood.eu/our-activities/education/.

Follow this link to secure your place: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/food-supply-systems

Further details are available here: https://www.eitfood.eu/projects/trust-in-our-food 

 

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