F&ES 765b / 2017-2018

Technological and Social Innovation in Global Food Systems

Credits: 1 to 3

Spring 2018: Time and location TBA
 

 

This course examines a range of social and technical innovations aimed at attaining more sustainable agri-food production and consumption patterns. It provides an in-depth exploration of different concepts of food systems and seeks to understand the relationships between these systems’ underlying models, human values, and how they give rise to different aspirations for innovation, intervention, reform, or revolution. The first part of the course introduces different approaches to characterizing food systems, the values that drive these different approaches, and the attempts to find measurable indicators of sustainability of these systems. The remainder of the course features weekly invited guest speakers who discuss their perspectives on strategies for creating sustainable food systems. Speakers have been selected to reflect a wide range of approaches and experience with specific issues and innovations of importance to the global future of food and agriculture.