Recent decades have seen a flowering of new popular movements across the world, highlighting concerns about the future of food, seeds, and access to land. This course will offer a comprehensive look at both domestic and international movements for land and food justice, from the emergence of organic and local food activism in the North to the diverse “new peasant” movements in the global South, among others. We will examine the ideas and contributions of rainforest dwellers, campesino activists and “landless workers” in Latin America, radical farmers in Europe, “locavores” in New England and California, and urban gardeners across the US, among others. Guest speakers and films will address both the local and global dimensions of these movements, and students will develop hands-on group projects that support efforts toward just and sustainable food systems in our region. Enrollment Limit: 25.
International (INT), Social Science (SS)
ENVS 001 or ENVS 002, sophomore standing