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Course Description

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This course is intended to introduce students to the science behind food related issues within the context of Ontario agriculture and food systems. The course will provide students with an overview of the history of agriculture in Ontario and an opportunity to discuss both sides of current debates over food production and associated environmental and human health issues.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Evaluate methods of food production and outline which methods are more sustainable;
  2. Describe critically the broader environmental impacts of individual and societal food choices;
  3. Analyze the assumptions and evaluate the worth of evidence used by the popular media;
  4. Reflect on your own food choices in the context of eating sustainably; and
  5. Engage critically and in a scholarly manner, in public arguments about food sustainability issues.

Course Topics

  • Food and agriculture in Canada
  • Essential ingredients: Requirements for crop growth
  • Fire up the grill: Animal protein production
  • Impacts of conventional agriculture
  • Agricultural sustainability
  • Organic agriculture
  • Food waste and local food
  • Sustainable seafood
  • Vegetarianism: The path to sustainability?

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): 4.00 credits
Restriction(s): May not be taken by students in the BAS, BIESP, BBRM, BSC, BSC(Agr) or BSC(Env) programs


Assessment Item Weight
Unit Quizzes 10%
Graded Group Discussions 10%
Short Research Paper 25%
Short Critical Thinking Paper 25%
Online Final Exam 30%
Total 100%

Technical Requirements

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Section Title
Eating Sustainability in Ontario
September 05, 2024 to November 29, 2024
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
Domestic Tuition Fee - Non-Ontario (0.5 units) $745.75 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $3,379.57 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Reading List / Textbook
You may purchase your course textbook, or other required/supplementary reading and learning materials, from the University of Guelph Bookstore or the Guelph Campus Co-op Bookstore, or from another third-party seller. 
Section Notes

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