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Fall 2010-2011
ENV 307  

Agriculture and Food: A Foundation for Living

Xenia K. Morin

Agriculture and food provide all people with a foundation for living. Our land and water resources provide food, fiber, medicines, industrial commodities, fuel and more. We investigate and analyze specific topics in agriculture and food and evaluate the environmental impact of our current practices. We look critically at the challenges farmers face to produce enough food for a growing world population and at the controversies over technologies used to address these challenges, and we will consider whether, and how, farming can be done in an environmentally-friendly and sustainable way.

Sample reading list:
Chrispeel and Sadava (Eds.), Plants, Genes and Crop Biotechnology
Ronald & Adamchak, Tomorrow's table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and ...
Gordon Conway, The Doubly Green Revolution Food For all in the 21st Century
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students will read approximately 100 pages per week. Final project will be required in lieu of final exam. CBLI students are required to enroll in the precept component.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Take Home Mid term Exam - 25%
Papers - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
ENV 201 or ENV 202.

Other information:
Class will take several field trips to local farms.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
26534 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T   Lewis Library   121   Enrolled:20 Limit:18 Closed
P01 11:00 am - 11:50 am F   Lewis Library   306   Enrolled:0 Limit:14