Food and Agricultural Policy

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Fall 2017 quarter

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The modern industrial food system has dramatically increased agricultural productivity, reduced the cost of food production, and provided an almost unlimited range of consumer choices. The corporations and organizations that control this system are some of the wealthiest and most politically powerful forces on the planet. Despite this success, the environmental, social, and economic consequences of the system have led many to question its long-term sustainability. This class will examine the origins of the modern industrial food system and the economic and policy framework that supports it, both internationally and in the United States.  Through readings, lectures, films, discussions, written assignments, and a day-long field trip, we will consider both the costs and benefits of the current system as well as potential alternatives and strategies for change. Students will also complete an individual research project examining their own relationship with the food system and the forces and policies that shape their choices as consumers and citizens.

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Program Details


Fall Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

Monday 6-10 pm

Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online