SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SYSTEMS
This is an interdisciplinary course that examines the environmental, social, and economic dimensions of agriculture, and relevant emerging challenges involving climate change, and resource depletion and degradation, particularly in tropical environments. It treats the Green Revolution, capital intensive/high-input practices, and corporate agriculture. Students will learn about the implications of "conventional" agriculture for the environmental protection, and food systems, security, and sovereignty. Additionally, students will explore the principles and practice of alternatives, including integrated crop and pest management, agroforestry, permaculture, plus organic, sustainable, and "climate smart" agriculture. Using a framework of "systems thinking", and drawing analogies between agricultural and ecological systems, the course explores the multiple drivers, inputs, and outputs of agricultural production and trade. Students will have firsthand, immersive experiences with production systems that are wide-ranging, and will explore the costs and benefits of each, through the lens the environment, economy, and society.