In this module, we covered some of the key concepts and debates related to food and agriculture systems. We have reviewed how industrial agricultural has fed large portions of the human population while having other major environmental and social impacts. We have considered some unique issues posed by the use of livestock animals. We have explored connections between food, agriculture, and nutrition, including challenges such as famine and the obesity epidemic. We have examined some individual and collective action issues associated with food, agriculture, and sustainability.
You may have begun this course taking much of what you find on your grocery store shelves for granted. After working through this module, it is hoped that you now better understand what processes and issues are behind keeping these shelves stocked and how important these issues are today and for the future. Finally, it is hoped that this will serve as a foundation from which you will be able to decide for yourself what role you could play in sustainable practices related to the food you eat.