Are local food systems more sustainable than global food systems? Why do some farmers like farmers markets? How do consumer choices shape food systems? Why does the federal government subsidize some types of agriculture but not others? Addressing these questions requires social, environmental, economic, and political insight into food systems. This intermediate, seminar-based course will increase your capacity to think critically and identify opportunities and barriers to healthy, vibrant food systems. The course will include in-depth consideration of topics ranging from stakeholder preferences, federal and state policies, and hot topics in food system research. We will accomplish this through reading reports, peer reviewed articles, scholarly texts, among other sources. Classes will be composed of a combination of lecture, discussions, writing, and group work. Special focus will be given to Vermont as a case study.
Social Science (SS)
One environmental course, sophomore standing.