From a global sustainability aspect, Irish food production, processing, packaging, distribution, consumption and waste have vast implications for individuals, societies, economies and ecosystems. This study abroad program will introduce students to food as an operational component of the environment, business, and public policy in Ireland. This interdisciplinary course will provide historical perspectives, discuss current issues, and explore future outlooks of food sustainability in Ireland as well as address the global challenges to food security. Through focused lectures, relevant site visits and lively discussions, this course will examine the role of sustainable business management strategies and the vision of the Irish government in implementing the world’s first national food and beverage sustainability policy initiative, Origin Green.
The Origin Green Initiative provides structure for Irish farmers and food and beverage manufacturers to sustainably produce the highest quality food, drinks and ingredients and deliver long-term continuous improvements in key areas such as emissions, energy, waste, water, biodiversity and social sustainability. Students taking this study abroad course would benefit tremendously from its emphasis on national food and beverage policy and politics, business development, strategic planning and implementation, applied sustainability indicators, measurements and metrics, historic tours, site visits, engagement with Irish people, places and culture, and daily reflection on information, insights, and experiences in Ireland. Origin Green
IDS 4239 Ireland - Introduction to Global Sustainability (3 credits)
IDS 6938 Ireland - Food Policy, Business, and Sustainability (3 credits)
University College Dublin
Who Can Participate
This program is open to all eligible students and may interest Environmental Studies, Business, History, Geography, Food Science, Public Health, Education, or Liberal Arts majors.
How to Apply
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Detailed information on How to Apply can be found here.