wheatMuch of the global burden of disease is related to inadequate intake of calories, micronutrients, or certain food groups like fruits, vegetables, meats, nuts, and seeds. Additional burden of disease is associated with excessive intake of the wrong foods. Global food demand has never before increased more rapidly, and the biophysical conditions that underpin our global food production system have never been changing so rapidly. As a result, humanity is enormously vulnerable to health impacts from environmental change mediated through changing access to nutrition.

Learning Objectives

  • L1: Describe sociocultural, economic and environmental impacts on human nutrition.
  • L2: Explore the relationship between land use, agriculture and health.
  • L3: Examine human food production and consumption patterns in comparison with demographic shifts.


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