2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Apr 24, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog
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BUS 3145 - Introduction to Sustainable Food and Agricultural Systems


Credit(s): 3

A food system is an interconnected web of activities, resources, and people that extends across the food value chain, from farm to table.  Food and agricultural systems are complex, with multiple actors operating at a variety of scales.  The components of food and agricultural systems intertwine with cultural, social, organizational, political, human-made, and natural systems, which result, ultimately, in how humans engage with food.  In this course, students will be introduced to the myriad of components that make up food and agricultural systems.  Topics include sustainable farming practices, climate resilience and food value chains, food deserts and food insecurity, community-based food systems, and farm to table restaurant experiences.

Students will be required to invest significant time in reading and research so that rich and informed discussion will occur in the classroom setting.  A semester-long research project on a topic of interest to each student will complement the readings from the texts.  Guest speakers, visits to a variety of organizations including farms, food shelves, grocery stores, and farm to table restaurants, will enrich the educational experience and help students understand the breadth and depth of sustainable food systems.

Prerequisites: ENV 1360  

Offering Location: Johnson Campus



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