Introduction to Food Production
- Module code
- Module leader
- Dr Stephen Chadd
- Module level
- Module credits
- Min study time
- 150 hours
- Contact Hrs within study time
- 30 hours
- Teaching period
- Semester 1
This module introduces you to the dynamics of food supply in relation to external policy and regulation, the influence of science and technology, supply chain relationships (trading relations, logistics, industry standards etc). Throughout the module, examples of local, regional, national and international supply chains will be considered. The importance of primary production systems (food from farming) will be emphasised in the context of UK and global food supply and demand for meat and crop produce.
To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:
- Identify and describe the external and international regulatory factors and frameworks affecting food supply and distribution and global drivers for change.
- Discuss the importance of primary production standards in the context of food supply in respect of meat and crop product supply.
- Describe consumer behaviour in relation to food purchasing, consumption and other socio-economic, environmental and ethical factors.
|Coursework||Analysis of selected food chain||50%|
|Examination||Exam (2 hours)||50%|
Students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following:
- Baldwin, C.J. (2015) The 10 Principles of Food Industry Sustainability. Wiley Blackwell.
- Baourakis, G., Kalaitis, P. and Mattas, K. (2012) Food Chains – quality, safety and efficiency in a challenging world. Routledge.
- Casabona, C. M., Epifanio, L.E. and Cirion, A.E. (2010) Global Food Security: ethical and legal challenges. Wageningen Academic Pub.
- FAO (2011) Global Livestock Production Systems. FAO.
- Fuhrer, J. and Gregory, P.J. (2014) Climate Change Impact and Adaption in Agricultural Systems. CABI
- IFPRI (2015) 2014-2015 Global Food Policy Report. IFPRI.
- Oskam, A., Meester, G. and Silvis, H. (2011) EU Policy for Agriculture, Food and Rural Areas. Wageningin Academic Pub.
- Pullman, M. and Wu, Z. (2012) Food Supply Chain Management: economic, social, and environmental perspectives. Routledge.
- Soffe, R. (2003) Agricultural Notebook. 20th ed. Primrose McConnell.
- Webster, A. J. F. (2013) Animal Husbandry Regained ; the place of farm animals in sustainable agriculture
Outlook on Agriculture
- General farming press articles