Course: Food Production and Consumption

Centre for Alternative Technology

Machynlleth, Powys, Wales
Monday 7th - Saturday 12th January 2019

courses.cat.org.uk courses@cat.org.uk 01654 704966

Cost: Waged £700, Low Waged / Concessions £625

Sectors: food, farming & horticulture, sustainability


Join a module of CAT's new Sustainable Food and Natural Resources MSc course.

During the week we will take you on a world view of global and local trends in food production, diet and health, and will examine the interplay of climate change, economics, legislation, labour issues, poverty, technology and consumer behaviour on the production and consumption of food.

We’ll use real-world examples of approaches to sustainable food production to analyse how food can be produced sustainably.

You’ll learn through a series of lectures, supported by interactive seminars and input from external speakers. 

Outline Syllabus:

  • Worldviews of food and natural resources
  • Food production
  • Global and local markets
  • Vertical integration of agriculture
  • Machinery and transportation in food production
  • Economics and labour associated with food and natural resources
  • Environmental externalities
  • Poverty
  • Food choice, diets and health.

Indicative References:

Mason P. and Lang T. (2017). Sustainable Diets: How ecological nutrition can transform consumption and the food system. Routledge, Earthscan, Abingdon.

Nestle M. (10th edition). Food Politics. How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health. University of California Press. 

Tsolakis N.K., Keramydas C.A., Toka A.K., Aidonis D.A. and Iakovou E.T. (2013). Agrifood supply chain management: A comprehensive hierarchical decision-making framework and a critical taxonomy, Biosystems Engineering special issue: Operations Management. 1-18. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bi...

Rotz S. and Fraser D.G. (2015). Resilience and the industrial food system: analyzing the impacts of agricultural industrialization on food system vulnerability. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences 5 459–473. DOI 10.1007/s1341

Course fee includes 3 meals a day and accommodation on site in CAT’s award winning WISE building in twin shared rooms with en-suite bathroom.


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