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Did you know that what you eat, and where it comes from, can really make a difference?

Whether you choose to believe it or not, what you eat and where it comes from has a huge impact on your health, your community, the economy and the environment.

We have compiled some of the many reasons why you should be sourcing and eating locally grown food.

 

It’s better for the environment!

It reduces CO2 emissions
Local food has less travel time, which generates fewer greenhouse gases, alleviates dependence on fossil fuels, and contributes to a reduction in air pollution.   

There is less food waste
With a shorter distribution chain, there is less food wasted in the distribution, warehousing, and merchandising processes.
 

It’s better for the economy!

It boosts your local economy
By buying local food, you are creating more jobs in your community.  

 

It’s better for your health!

It contains more nutrients  
Local food generally retains more nutrients because it has been ripened naturally and picked fresh.

There is less chance of food contamination
Fewer steps in the value chain mean there is less chance of contamination. Food sourced from overseas has more opportunities for food safety issues at harvesting, washing, shipping and distribution.

 

It’s something to feel good about!

It connects you to your community
There is a feel good factor associated with buying locally, knowing that you are keeping local producers in business. It helps you build meaningful connections with locals, and gives you a good excuse to catch up for breakfast with friends at a local farmers market.

These far reaching benefits should get you actively thinking about where your food comes from. Buying local food is beneficial to your own health and wellbeing, the environment, and the economy. Consider buying more locally sourced food.

 

Are you interested in learning more about the steps food takes before it makes it to your plate?

Enrol in our free online course: Understanding Agribusiness, Value Chains, and Consumers in Global Food Systems.
In this course from the University of Adelaide, you will learn about the dynamic business of food and agriculture, exploring value chain thinking and the role consumers play in our rapidly evolving food systems.

Find out more.

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The agribusiness sector is one of Australia’s largest and most important industry sectors, with an estimated value of $436 billion, and employing approximately 1.4 million people*.

With growing populations, climate change, changing consumer demands, new international trade agreements and technological advances, the agribusiness sector is dynamic and complex. It needs people with innovative and critical thinking skills to tackle the future challenges and opportunities ahead.

The Centre for Global Food and Resources at the University of Adelaide is creating future leaders in Agribusiness through their two postgraduate Masters programs: Master of Agribusiness and Master of Global Food and Agricultural Business.

We spoke with three of these Master’s students about their studies and their career plans. Meet Claire, Sharleen and Tom – the future faces of agribusiness!

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Today, we celebrate World Food Day. This day is dedicated to addressing global hunger issues. The theme for this year is: A #ZeroHunger world by 2030 is possible.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations have made it clear that “our actions are our future.”

So what simple actions can we take?

One thing that we can easily work on is eliminating the amount of food we waste. Statistics on food waste, both globally and within Australia, are alarming. (more…)

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We are excited to announce that Lucy Potter has been nominated as a finalist in the 2018 edX prize for the Shakespeare Matters MOOC. The edX prize celebrates contributions and innovations of MOOC teachers in the edX community. There are 10 finalists for the edX Prize and the winner will be announced at the edX […]

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Interested in learning something new? Maybe you want to expand your knowledge in the big data space? Or learn how to read and appreciate Shakespeare and his plays? Or understand addiction and appropriate treatments for recovery? Check out AdelaideX’s trending courses for August/September:  

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How does sex change over the different phases of adulthood? Can sex be good or bad for you? Talking about sex can be an uncomfortable topic at the best of times, so talking about sex AND ageing can be even more challenging. This could explain why it is not something that is widely spoken about. Despite […]

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Meet University of Adelaide student, Rhaneela Punitham. She is in her final year of university, studying a Bachelor of Health Sciences/Bachelor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, with majors in microbiology/immunology, pharmacology and statistics. She is also a student co-creator in the upcoming Sex and Human Reproduction MOOC, working collaboratively with AdelaideX, Professor Mario Ricci and other […]

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Data science careers are pegged as the hottest jobs of this century. Whether in education, fintech or business, a career working with big data could see you working for big names like Airbnb or Coca Cola. Data science also has massive implications for global challenges such as the spread of disease, feeding the world and […]

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Risk management is not just a tick box compliance exercise. While compliance is an important element of risk management, an effective risk management process can also be used to inform and support quality decision making, resulting in a successful project. Here are three reasons why an effective risk management process is a must:

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Interested in producing or recording your own music? Or maybe learning how to analyse large sets of data? Or learning some vital business skills to become a successful entrepreneur? We have courses for you! Here are some of our most popular courses for April/May 2018:

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