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Food Production and Consumption

  • Mon 22nd - Sat 27th January 2018.
    Course starts at 6pm and ends at 2pm on the last day.
    Course fee including full board accommodation:-
    Waged £700, Low Waged / Concessions £625.

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Course details

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.biosystemseng.2013.10.014

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.

Things you need to know



You must be over the age of 18 years when this course starts.

Booking, Fees and Cancellation policy

To book a place on a course, please choose one of the following options:

• Book Online- the “Book online” button is either below, or in the top right corner of the screen and follow the instructions.

• Call the Courses Department on 01654 704 966 with your bank card details.

Please note: a £100 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place.

The balance of the course fee is due 28 days before the start of the course.

Our course fees include full board accommodation, tuition and materials, unless otherwise stated.

Please also note our Cancellation & Refund Policy
a) The £100 deposit and 1 day course fees are non-refundable.
b) For courses of 2 days or more when you give us this notice of cancellation:
• 28 days or more – refund minus your £100 deposit.
• 8 to 27 days notice – refund minus your £100 deposit for sales of £200 or under. On sales over £200 - 50% refund.
• 7 days notice or under – no refund.
c) CAT reserves the right to cancel any courses. Deposits and fees will be returned in full should this happen.

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