Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture - (15 credits)

Climate change and continuing population growth are the two most important drivers of ecosystem degradation that threatens human wellbeing. The planet’s capacity to provide food and fresh water to sustain human population growth and development is reaching a tipping point. Without radical solutions to the way we exploit Earth’s ecosystems for food and water nature’s capacity to support mankind will collapse leading to dramatic declines in human wellbeing. Sustainable land management and food security requires innovative, risk-robust strategies to meet growing demands in the future and to ensure ecosystems remain fully functional and resilient to uncertain changes. This module presents current scientific theory in sustainable farm land management and competitive food production with a specific reference to agricultural ecology and ecosystem resilience. Students will be able to analyse and critically evaluate current policy and strategies practiced in the UK and the wider global sphere through a review of case studies. Applications of new scientific thinking and technology will be observed in the field. The aim of the module is to provide students with the latest applied scientific theory in sustainable farming practices, agricultural ecology and food production