Food and the Future Environment

Summary and Final Tasks



We hope that Module 3 of this course has given you a good grounding in both the basic nutrition needs of human populations, problematic trends in nutrition around the world such as unhealthy diets, and the human system factors that represent major challenges for the social sustainability of food systems. In this learning, we've applied concepts (such as social sustainability and human versus natural systems within food systems) from the first two modules. We also are providing you a grounding for human nutrition to keep in mind as the course dives into the natural system factors (water, soils, crops, climate, agricultural ecosystems) in the second section of the course on Environmental Dynamics and Drivers. And lastly and very importantly, this module is designed to launch your understanding of food systems and food access in a capstone region that you will be analyzing in your capstone project so that you can propose sustainability strategies for these regions.

Reminder - Complete all of the Module 3 tasks!

You have reached the end of Module 3. Double-check the to-do list on the Module 3 Roadmap to make sure you have completed all of the activities listed there before you begin Module 4.

References and Further Reading

  • Millstone, E., and T. Lang. 2013. The Atlas of Food. Earthscan Publications.
  • Winne, M. (2008). Closing the food gap: Resetting the table in the land of plenty. Beacon Press.