MOOC Plant Based Diets: Food for a Sustainable Future

When you hear of the enormous global challenges we face, don’t you wish you could actually do something about it? Well, you can! Grab an apple as we explore the science behind Plant Based Diets and discover the impact you can have, by simply ‘going (more) plant based’.

Organised by Wageningen University & Research
Duration 7 weeks, 3 hours per week

Why follow this course?

Global issues

Global challenges, like the environment and the pandemic, may seem like overwhelming and distant problems, uninfluenceable by any one person. Thankfully, sometimes the answer is surprisingly simple, the solution right in front of us.

This online course will take you through the science of three global issues – climate change, infectious diseases, and chronic diseases – and show you how they are directly impacted by what’s on the plate in front of you.

Omnivores, be welcome!

Has, like for so many of us, the idea of eliminating animal products from your diet become somewhat of a hot potato? Please know that any shift from animal products toward plants does the trick. So, this course is for you, too!

Sustainability Impact

Becoming aware of the diet-health-climate connection is incredibly empowering. It enables us to improve not only our own health, but that of both population and planet. With large-scale adoption of a predominantly plant based diet, we can change our entire food system from the bottom-up. And in doing so, the future of food becomes what it must be: sustainable. Tag along as this evidence based course translates these large, overarching problems into bite-sized, daily steps.

Who knew that something as seemingly meaningless as eating plants would turn out to be the most impactful thing any individual can do?!

Benefits of plant based diets

So, how does this work? The benefits of a plant rich diet, are many, each setting off a series of cascading positive effects. Let us highlight a few.

  • As a result of consuming healthy nutrition, you can protect yourself against the worst effects of infectious viral diseases (like the current corona pandemic), and can also limit the possible emergence of new outbreaks.
  • By eating a plant based (or vegan) diet, you can reduce your carbon footprint and environmental impact, allowing for a sustainable environment on an inhabitable planet.
  • A whole food plant based diet is an optimal diet for improving overall and metabolic health, your own as well as that of your clients or family. In short, it will not only add years to life, but also life to years.

Is this course for you?

This MOOC was created for anyone, from ambitious learner to student, expert and professional from around the world. Are you interested in health, nutrition, environmental sustainability, system’s thinking and the future of food? Then this empowering, insightful MOOC is for you!

So, are you ready to contribute to solving the complex issues our world faces, while improving your health at the same time? Join us, enrol now.

What you will learn

  • The relationship between food choices, chronic diseases, the environment, and infectious diseases
  • Systems thinking - learn about the difference between holistic and reductionist approaches
  • Health and environmental benefits of plant-based nutrition
  • Plant-based diets for potential prevention of future infectious diseases
  • Direct and indirect drivers of our food choices
  • How consumers can change the food system bottom-up
  • How your food choices can benefit you and the global challenges