Food, Ecology and Society

NU204

This course exposes corruption and politics within the global corporate food industry. Discussion topics include food security, GMO foods, the meat industry, and government regulations to name a few. Students gain a basic understanding of key factors contributing to the dominant global economy of food and are able to explain how our apparent abundance of cheap food is made possible through externalities (pollution, water shortages, etc.) subsidies, and inequalities. This course also looks at various food systems designs and farming models, which attempt to address, amend and build new localized food economies. Students consider how food systems and their involvement as eaters affect their lives, their place and the lives and places of others.

Prerequisites: – –    Semester: Winter    Credits: 3    Hours: 45