Understanding Sustainable Farming: Principles and Practices

Code: FOOD1420

Course description

This course will encourage you to explore how the interest in, and practice of, sustainable farming is growing. You will see that although the mainstream agriculture model is widely recognized as unsustainable there is a wide divergence of views on how to create a more sustainable system. You will begin by exploring the ecological, economic, and social-justice principles of sustainable farming. Following this, you will critically examine different approaches that are being touted as forms of sustainable agriculture including organic farming, food-justice certification, and the use of genetically engineered crops. You will conclude with a review of tools and strategies that non-profit organizations, governments and businesses can draw on to enhance agriculture sustainability.You will note that this is not a training course for farmers, but a course for those who want an overview of sustainable agriculture and how it is practiced across the country. You will have many opportunities to direct the course of your own learning. You are encouraged to choose readings and assignments to reflect your own interests and knowledge/skill areas you would like to develop.

Course details

Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: FOOD1400
Corequisites: None

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Fall 2019 registration opens July 8, 2019. Winter 2020 registration opens November 4, 2019.