SFS Course 1: Local and Global Food Systems

This course is part of the Sustainable Food Systems Certificate. Click here to view the full certificate.

Course 1: Local and Global Food Systems

Begin a fascinating journey into the study of Local and Global Food Systems in the first of five Courses in the Sustainable Food Systems Certificate. Explore the history of the United States agriculture system from its indigenous practices, to its industrial revolution, Dust Bowl, Victory Gardens, Farm Bill, and Post WWII era. In this overview of local and global food systems, you will discover the cultural practices and impacts of modern technologies and land use practices in the United States and learn what is meant by the term sustainable agriculture. Travel from farm fields to food factories to farmers markets, restaurants, dinner tables, and back to the beginning via composters and landfills. Examine the effects of eating in the 21st Century: obesity, population growth, water shortages, food prices, and climate change. Complete your initial journey through local and global food systems by studying the relationship between a food culture and agricultural practices, and be ready to further explore the ecology and sustainable systems as they relate to agriculture.