Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia

Agro-Industrial Production and Sustainability

Code

11365

Academic unit

Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia

Department

Departamento de Ciências da Terra

Credits

3.0

Teacher in charge

Fernando Henrique da Silva Reboredo

Weekly hours

4

Total hours

56

Teaching language

Português

Objectives

To be able to understand the integrated dimension of the agro-industrial production chain.

To understand the importance of agro-industry in human diet.

To know the main threats to agro-industry, from climate changes to the pollution of agro-ecosystems.

To recognize that food safety is compatible with environmental-friendly sustainable practices.

To recognize the potential of agro-industrial wastes (currently seen as low value materials) as bio-resource to produce value added products

Prerequisites

the students must have basic knowledge about biology, physiology, chemistry and biochemestry

Subject matter

The agro-industry and the global economy

The economic importance of plant and animal production. From production to the marketing.

The importance of quality and food safety

Recovery and utilization of agro-industrial wastes.

The main threats to agro-industrial sustainability – climate changes, soil availability, loss of soil fertility and soil erosion, pollution of agro-ecosystems, among others.

European programs of agro-industrial development and environmental-friendly measures

Bibliography

1. Basch, G., Kassam, A., González-Sánchez, E. J. & Streit, B. 2012. Making sustainable agriculture real in CAP 2020. The role of conservation agriculture. The European Conservation Agriculture Federation (ECAF), Brussels, 48 pg., ISBN: 978-84-615-8106-1

2. Da Silva, C. A., Baker, D., Shepherd, A. W., Jenane, C. & Miranda-da-Cruz, S. (Ed). 2009. Agro-industries for Development, CABI Publishers, 278 pg., ISBN: 978-1-84593-576-4

3. Nigam, P.S. & Pandey, A. (Ed). 2009. Biotechnology for agro-industrial residues utilisation: Utilisation of agro-residues, Springer-Verlag, 466 pg., ISBN: 978-1-4020-9941-0

4. Robinson, G. M. (ed). 2008. Sustainable Rural Systems: Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Communities. Ashgate Publishing Limited, 210 pg., ISBN: 978-0-7546-4715-7

 

Evaluation method

Continuous assessment in two components: theoretical (1 individual Mini-Test - each with 40% of the final classification) and theoretical-practical: (work development and oral presentation and discussion - 30%+30% of the final classification).

Final rating: (0.40*Mini-Test) + (0.30*Written work) + (0.30*Oral presentation and discussion of written work). Approval requires a minimum score of 9.5 (scale of 20 values) for each component (theoretical-practical and theoretical).

Students without approval in the continuous assessment will be submitted to exam. Rating equal to 0.4*Exam+0.6*classification of theoretical-practical. Approval with a minimum grade of 9.5 (scale of 20 values)

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