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Course Description

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This course provides an introduction to the Canadian food system. The subjects of global trade, supply chain management, food legislation and regulation, food safety, consumer food-related behaviour, and food product development are studied to develop an understanding of how they impact the Canadian food system and its functionality.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.         Identify and describe the key stakeholders in the global and Canadian agriculture and food system

2.         Apply business management models to analyze issues that are important to managers of food and agricultural businesses in three broad areas:

            a)         consumer demand,

            b)         value chains

            c)         technology

3.         Participate in a dialogue on issues of importance to managers of food and agricultural businesses

4.         Develop and write arguments and evidence to support an opinion on issues of importance to managers of food and agricultural businesses

Course Topics

  • Introduction to Managing Food in Canada
  • Historical Perspective of Food
  • Agri-Food System
  • Global Agri-Food System Challenges
  • Global Trade
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Food Legislation and Regulation
  • Food Safety
  • Food Consumption Patterns Impacting the Agri-Food System
  • New Food Product Development
  • Future Food and Agri-Food Issues

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): 1 of FOOD*2010, HTM*1700, HTM*2700
Restriction(s): FARE*3320


Assessment Item Weight  Learning Outcomes
Roundtable Dialogue 60% 1, 2, 3
Final Paper 40%  
Total 100%  


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