World, Heritage

This module broadens the scope of arable production, both in terms of crop types and production systems. Students will encounter not just food crops, but also fuel, fibre and industrial crops. While some are major industries in overseas countries, some are suitable for UK farms, and the suitability to domestic production is a key consideration in this module. Students are encouraged to consider how they might diversify a farm’s rotation to build resilience, as well as adapting to the effects of climate change. The sustainability of each crop is also examined, in terms of carbon footprint, water usage, soil erosion, ecosystem damage and pollution. In terms of careers, the module showcases opportunities to exploit emerging markets, as well as growing and consulting on farms overseas.