Envision A Sustainable Future
The interdisciplinary Food Systems minor is designed to offer students a historical perspective and structural framework for studying our contemporary food system across disciplines. Students will identify and examine complex issues involving food, from soil to table, and develop knowledge and skills to become a more sustainable and responsible food citizen. The minor complements majors from across campus, including Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and the Humanities.
PSS 021 - Introduction to Ecological Agriculture
This course provides students with an introduction to the environmental, social, political, and cultural issues surrounding the production of food. Through a combination of lectures, discussions, written reflections, events, readings, and films, we cover a broad variety of topics related to agriculture and the environment in local, national, and international contexts. The course analyzes factors driving current agricultural production systems, the problems associated with an industrial agriculture model, and a variety of approaches and practices for producing food in an ecologically sound manner.
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Professor, Department of Plant and Soil Science
Dr. Neher is a soil ecologist with research interests in the use of nematodes and microarthropods as indicators of soil quality for environmental monitoring of terrestrial and wetland soil.
Faculty Director, Food Systems Graduate Program
Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences
Dr. Trubek is a cultural anthropologist and chef, and her research interests include the history of the culinary profession, globalization of the food supply, the relationship between taste and place, and cooking as a cultural practice.
Community Development and Applied Economics
Nutrition and Food Sciences
Plant and Soil Science