Sustainability in the food industry

Module Title - Sustainability in the food industry
Number of credits – 10

Module description

Sustainability and the need to address environmental issues is a significant driver in the food industry. It has a major impact on the production and therefore the safety of food.

This module provides an overview of the main issues facing the industry, including the economic, legislative and political contexts which influence the options available to the industry.

By the end of the module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an awareness of environmental issues related to food manufacture be able to discuss their impact and possible controls.
  • Assess the impact of energy use in the food industry, including the use of steam, electricity, refrigeration & compressed air and be able to discuss the political issues that relate to it (climate change, carbon footprint).
  • Identify the extent and cost of water use in the food industry and discuss the environmental implications of this use, including sources of contamination, treatment and disposal.
  • Analyse the issue of product wastage, including sources and options for reduction.