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A Tale of Three Food Systems: Accessing Food in the US

ENVS 234
Fall 2024
Section: 01  
Course Cluster and Certificates: Sustainability and Environmental Justice

The US food system is complex and characterized by both abundance and scarcity. In this course we will investigate the three main streams of the food system (conventional, alternative, and emergency) to understand the various ways food is procured in everyday life. We will utilize interdisciplinary food studies and health equity approach to explore the social, ecological, and health implications of these various streams and the impacts on different communities, with a focus on populations experiencing food insecurity. The course is intended as an introductory foundation in food systems and will include historical background and ongoing policies that have shaped the current food landscape, access, and inequities. We will also explore alternatives and actions in the ongoing struggle for food justice. We will use a range of texts from a variety of disciplines, as well as materials from popular culture including films, TV, and podcasts.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: NSM ENVS
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENVS-MN)(ENVS)(HRAD-MN)
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

Last Updated on JUL-15-2024
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