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Course Description

Explore the environmental impacts of food production. By studying how different types of diets impact the environment, you will gain an understanding of the reasons why plant-based diets are believed to have protective effects on the planet and climate change.

What can you expect from this course?

Each week you will be introduced to the main topics and subtopics through instructor presented content, reliable and current research, and expert guest speaker videos. Opportunities for you to engage in a weekly discussion with your peers and instructor will allow you to learn from their experiences and expertise and further deepen your knowledge. The week ends with a reflection activity that prepares you for the project-based assignment.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the environmental impacts of food production
  • Recognize the effects of different types of diets on the environment
  • Evaluate the impact of plant-based diets on the planet and climate change and explain how they can contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases
  • Outline strategies that encourage dietary change and how these changes impact the adoption of plant-based diets

Course Topics

  • Diverse Impacts of Food Systems on the Environment
  • Impacts of Industrialized Food Systems
  • The Role of Plant-Based Diets on the Planet and Climate Crisis
  • Adopting a Plant-Based Diet

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Additional Requirements

  • This course is intended for adult learners who are at least 18 years of age.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.
  • You may take this as an individual course or choose to complete the certificate.
  • You can expect to spend 5-6 hours per week to complete the course material, activities, discussions and assignment.
  • If you are new to online learning, visit the Online learning at U of G page for helpful resources.

*It is recommended that you complete Introduction to Plant-Based Diets before selecting other courses in the certificate.


Each week you will respond to a discussion question that examines diets and their environmental impacts. The course concludes with a project-based assignment that assists you in developing your own ‘call to action’.

Sponsoring Partner

  • Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, College of Applied Human Sciences

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

Technical Requirements

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*Course details are subject to change.

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Section Title
Diets and their Environmental Impacts
July 08, 2024 to August 04, 2024
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Course Fee(s)
Registration Fee $325.00
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There are no required textbooks for this course, as a student, you will have access to the University of Guelph Library.

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