Food Policy Tools for Food System Change
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Food Studies
Course Number: NFDS 3201
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This course provides tools for advocacy through interactive participation and engagement with U.S. food and farm policy. Our food system relies on industrial farming practices controlled by relatively small clusters of global firms, with negative consequences for farm communities, urban consumers, and the environment. This course explores how ecologically and socially sustainable alternatives, from community-supported agriculture programs to inner-city farms, are generating excitement and energy at the city, state, national, and international levels. Through readings, lectures, and field trips, we consider policy responses to food system challenges on three levels: city-state, state-federal, and national-international. We discuss how current food and farm policies govern markets, provide incentives, and channel individual food choices. We look at emerging social movements and food policy coalitions in the United States and internationally. We hear from leaders advocating policy change, who discuss how community-based solutions could be scaled up to address the interlocking challenges of persistent hunger and poverty, environmental degradation and climate change, growing urban and rural food deserts, epidemics of preventable chronic diseases, and collapsing rural economies.