Feeding the World's Population

Food is essential to human life on Earth, and is inextricably bound up in our biology, culture and beliefs. Learn about the current and future challenges of global food production, supply, and consumption and discover how food production in Australia is changing to meet the environment and society's changing needs.

Breadth Track- Subject Progression

Plate being filled with food

Level 1

Semester 1

Food for a Healthy Planet

Food is a basic human need. But what should we eat? Not all food is good for us, and a balance between diet and exercise is required for a healthy life. Likewise, not all food production methods are good for the environment. Again, a balance between human needs and the health of our environment is required, especially as the world's population grows and global climate patterns change. This subject will address these and other topical issues.

Famine: The Geography of Scarcity

There are over 800 million people in the world who are chronically malnourished, and world hunger is rising. Yet the world already produces enough food to feed 1.5 times the global population. This subject explains the physical and social drivers of hunger, famines, and related crises in social-ecological systems.

Woman selecting food item in outdoor market

Level 2

Semester 2

Food For a Healthy Planet II

In this subject you will learn about the broad range of issues associated with food and food future. In this course you will become familiar with the key literature in the areas of science, health, economics, politics and law, social issues relating to food and food security. You will also explore the roles of key food regulatory organisation.

June Intensive - Dookie Campus

Sustainable Food Systems

This subject introduces the food production systems and challenges you to create more sustainable approaches to this production. Topics include, food production in Australia - where it happens and why - how it is changing to meet both the needs of the environment and society, associated impacts on the sustainability of regional communities, trade and policy issues which impact on distribution, global food movements and ongoing changes and innovations in global food markets, as well as resource economics implications in developing and developed countries.

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Level 3

Semester 1

Food for a Healthy Planet III

Food for a Healthy Planet III explores the many facets of modern food systems and the roles, availability and requirements demanded of food in Australia and internationally. Changing dietary requirements and changing expectations about the desired characteristics of the products of the food supply systems raises challenges throughout food value chains, from producer to consumer. Students will explore community-level interactions with food by examining how urban environments impact food security, including access to fresh, healthy and safe foods. Economic aspects of food aid, modern relationships to food and anthropological approaches to food and sustainable human societies will be discussed. Food for a Healthy Planet III examines these issues in terms of scale and considers the levels of physiology, the environment and across cultures. This subject deals with these challenges, their nature and the solutions.