Promoting Biodiversity in Food Systems
This book and its course focus on biodiversity’s crucial role in food systems, adequate food supply, health and well-being, and the fate of the natural environment. The author and 37 contributors give practical recommendations for moving forward. Care is taken to draw parallels between health concerns we have today and the environmental and food supply changes that have occurred.
This interdisciplinary guide to preserving biodiversity would appeal to many readers beyond RDs such as educators, hospital employees, farmers, restauranteurs, academics, and anyone invested in sustainable communities and a habitable planet for generations to come. Sahra Pak, MS, RD
Irana Hawkins…presents a compelling collection of research about biodiversity at all levels, from microscopic to global, and its vital role in improving the health status of life on earth in a sustainable manner. Delcourt S. Perm J.
Level 2 & 3 CPE
Suggested Performance Indicators: 1.1.4, 1.3.3, 1.6.1, 2.2.1, 2.2.3, 3.1.2, 3.1.6, 3.3.5, 4.1.1, 4.1.2, 4.1.4, 4.2.5, 6.1.2, 6.1.9, 6.2.5, 6.3.9, 7.2.1, 7.2.3, 7.2.6, 8.1.2, 8.2.2, 8.2.3, 8.3.5, 8.3.7, 11.1.5, 11.4.1, 12.1.1, 12.1.3, 12.2.1, 12.2.5,12.2.8, 12.3.3
CPE Type: 720 for Printed/Paper Tests, 740 for Web-based/Online Tests
Upon completion of this course, a person will be able to:
1. List three major threats causing biodiversity loss and give examples.
2. Name the nine planetary boundaries and list which four have been breached.
3. Name the primary cause of species extinction and list three possible consequences to humans.
4. Discuss how the Trophic Pyramid depicts energy transfer.
5. Explain monoculture and at least three effects of its overuse.
6. Name four greenhouse gases and their primary sources.
7. List three ways the ocean is losing its biodiversity.
8. List four ways plastic wastes are affecting the earth.
9. Discuss five consequences of and four crops affected by the industrial food system.
10. Describe five sustainable solutions to preserve biodiversity.
11. Explain why seed saving is important and what measures are being taken to save seeds currently.
12. Name three ways cooking and mealtime have changed over the last generation, and the nutrition-related effects of these changes.
13. Discuss three benefits of a plant-based diet on human health and biodiversity.
14. Describe five examples of successful programs created to promote sustainability and biodiversity.
Why we chose this book
Dr. Irana Hawkins, PhD, RDN uses an interdisciplinary and whole systems approach that focuses on the merits of an organic, whole foods, plant-based diet that is good for both human health and the health of the planet. We need more discussion on these topics.
About the author
Dr. Irana Hawkins is a faculty member in public health at Walden University; an instructor at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of California Riverside; a Native Plant Steward, and a Master Recycler-Composter.