- Climate change and greenhouse gases
- The interactions between climate change and agriculture
- Food security
- Climate smart agriculture; history, principles and examples
- Different views on the food production system
- The basics of milk production, cow husbandry, digestion and herd management
- Greenhouse gas emissions and the possibilities for reducing them, within dairy farming
- The importance of plants for our atmosphere
- Other forms of sustainable farming
- Possible options for reducing energy consumption
- The basics of wine production
- General, sustainable crop management practices
- Problems for the wine industry created by climate change
- Possibilities for adapting the wine industry to climate change
- Examples of how data can be used to to help make decisions in agriculture
- Critical views regarding climate smart agriculture
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you'll be able to...
- Investigate the interactions between climate change and agriculture, including basic facts about the effects of climate change and the most important greenhouse gases.
- Describe the principles of climate smart agriculture, in particular the three pillars of mitigation, adaptation and productivity.
- Explore the basics of milk and wine production, possible future problems in these sectors and how they can be subject to adaptation and mitigation.
- Discuss the complexity of food production systems, why it can be difficult to implement climate smart agriculture and other forms of sustainable farming, and how the effects can be measured.
- Reflect on how consumer behaviour, policies and regulations, and financial aspects influence the adoption of climate smart and other sustainable practices.
Who is the course for?
There are no special requirements for this course. It will be of interest to anyone who wants to learn more about modern food production, farming and environmental challenges.
Join the Course!
The course was developed by the University of Reading, in partenership with the Climate Smart Agriculture Booster and Climate-KIC, and is hosted by FutureLearn. Register now for free by following this link!