For the InstructorThese student materials complement the Future of Food Instructor Materials. If you would like your students to have access to the student materials, we suggest you either point them at the Student Version which omits the framing pages with information designed for faculty (and this box). Or you can download these pages in several formats that you can include in your course website or local Learning Managment System. Learn more about using, modifying, and sharing InTeGrate teaching materials.
Goals and Learning Objectives
- Describe ways that food systems impact the earth system.
- Explain the characteristics and scale of the three major food systems coexisting in the world today and their overlap.
- Demonstrate the complexity and interconnectedness of food system types that connecting society to the environment in different ways within a globalized world.
- Construct an assessment that measures the impacts of food systems on the earth system and local environments.
After completing this module, students will be able to:
- Define food systems and name the component systems, the roles played by each, and the three dominant and overlapping types of food systems in the world today.
- Name different types of impacts of the food system on earth's natural systems.
- Define the basic elements of a coupled human-natural system.
- Describe a life cycle assessment (LCA) and state what it is used for.
- Explain examples of food systems to illustrate and compare their combined social and environmental inputs and impacts.
- Apply the concept of natural human systems to food systems and distinguish different ways that food systems develop and change because of human and natural factors.
- Apply a coupled natural system framework to describe how human systems affect earth's natural systems within food systems.
- Construct life-cycle assessments using data on food production activities that compare the impacts of different types of food systems on the earth systems.
- Synthesize outputs of LCAs you have constructed to compare impacts of different food production systems.