Course Overview

This course examines the complex and interconnected world of engineering, health, politics, economics, sustainability, and justice in relation to food. We explore the methods and impacts of land use and food production and distribution through a social justice lens. An understanding of the complex social determinants impacting malnutrition, obesity, and non-communicable diseases will be essential to be able to redress these challenges. Specifically, food insecurity, food deserts, food poverty, commerciogenic malnutrition, and famine will be critically examined, as will the impact of free trade agreements and the World Trade Organization on food cost, accessibility, and health impacts. Alternative, sustainable, and just practices of food production and distribution that draw on both traditional and contemporary movements will be mined for more innovative and appropriate solutions.

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