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Why are systematic changes needed to ensure national and global food security?
How do we make a difference in creating healthy food systems?
What is food justice?
Which trends and policies will shape the future of our food systems?
The Sustainable Food Systems certificate is perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about the major issues surrounding today’s food system, and what is needed to create a sustainable food system for the future.
This certificate provides a broad and integrated base of knowledge for those interested in our local food system model, as well as the complex history, policies, businesses, strengths, and challenges in the food industry. Learners will acquire the knowledge, skills, and understanding that is needed to create change and build a sustainable food system for the future.
Participants in this certificate will gain an understanding of sustainability and how it relates to the current U.S. food system. The certificate will give learners a strong foundation of knowledge and skills to work in a regional food system in the areas of production, advocacy, service, and education.
Today’s agriculture and food systems are extraordinarily productive, but in the long run may not be sustainable. They have created tremendous pressure on natural resources and surrounding natural habitats, as well as compromising the economic health of rural communities, the food security of economically disadvantaged citizens, and the well-being of many of those who grow and harvest our food. (The Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems.)
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