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Spring 2018-2019
* ENV 303 / EEB 303 (STN)   No Pass/D/Fail

Agriculture, Human Diets and the Environment

Daniel I. Rubenstein

Food fuels us and our diets connect us with nature at many scales. Yet most of us poorly understand how food is produced and how production processes impact our diets, health, livelihoods and the environment. By the course's end, students will better understand the ethical, environmental, economic, social and medical implications of their food choices. Food production methods ranging from hunting, fishing and gathering to small and large scale crop and animal farming will be examined through lenses of ethics, ecology, evolutionary biology, geography, political economy, social dynamics, physiology, climate change and sustainability.

Sample reading list:
Ruth DeFries, The Big Ratchet
Iain J. Gordon, Herbert H.T. Prins, Geoff Squire, Food Production and Nature Conservation
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 150 pages of reading per week will be drawn from books and the primary literature. The course will consist of one 180-minute lecture and one 50-minute precept per week. Class will involve a mix of lectures, culinary labs, role playing, writing, modeling, discussions and conversations with authors of key readings and local farms. Each week, short video clips will be previewed prior to class.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Final Exam - 35%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 25%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
ENV 200 or EEB 211 recommended or by application and permission of the instructor..

Other information:
Independent Group Project = Other 25%. This course will involve many 'hands on' components. Students will interact with key authors via Skype and analyze data collected from experimental farms near campus employing different farming techniques.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40434 L01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M        Enrolled:18 Limit:60
42262 P99 TBA        Enrolled:18 Limit:60