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Hamburger or hummus? Organic or conventional? Mediterranean diet or McDonald's?

If you're puzzled by which dietary choices are truly the most sustainable when you consider that what we eat affects not just our health but also the environment and the well-being of others, check out Sustainability of Food Systems: A Global Life Cycle Perspective, a new MOOC (massive open online course) developed and taught by IonE resident fellow Jason Hill, McKnight Land-Grant Professor in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.

The eight-week course, which begins in May and is offered online at no charge through Coursera, will provide an overview of our global food system and its many impacts, from the individual to the global scale. Participants will gain appreciation of the complex implications of choices that are made along the food supply chain and be challenged to think critically about how the global food system may need to change to adapt to future economic and environmental conditions.

No special background is required for the course. Participants will investigate current topics in food sustainability and have the opportunity to participate in discussions with other participants from all over the world. Case studies, readings and other resources will emphasize that responsible decisions about what to eat require that we consider the entire global food supply chain and its full set of economic, environmental and social consequences.

Like to learn more? Check out Sustainability of Food Systems: A Global Life Cycle Perspective for details and registration information.

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