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Spring 2013-2014
* ENV 342  

Agriculture and Food Security

Eileen Zerba

This course provides an understanding of the complex and challenging public health issue of food security in a world where one billion people are under-nourished, while another billion are overweight. Topics explore the connections among diet, the current food and food animal production systems, the environment and public health, considering factors such as economics, population and equity. Lectures, discussions and case studies will examine these complex relationships and alternative approaches to achieving both local and global food security and the important role public health can play.

Sample reading list:
Climate and Agriculture Worldwatch. Worldwatch Report
Coren, Michael, A Global Plan for Sustainable Agriculture
Foley, Jonathan, Solutions for a Cultivated Plant. Analysis; Nature vol. 478.
Pollan, Michael, How Change Is Going to Come in the Food System
Ruskin, Gary and Schor, Juliet, Junk Food Nation: Who's to Blame for Childhood Obesity?
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Each week, students will read one or more journal articles or book chapters. Students will be asked to lead a brief discussion based on a journal article coupled to related news articles. In-class activities and homework will include quantitative problems sets and or short written assignments.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 15%
Other Exam - 15%
Papers - 25%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 5%
Problem set(s) - 25%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43479 S01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm T Th   Guyot Hall   174   Enrolled:10 Limit:12