Food, Global Trade, Development
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Food Studies
Course Number: NFDS 3260
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Food Studies
- Global Studies
Food security is a basic human right and an urgent priority in countries rich and poor, but the causes of food insecurity and ways to address it are the subject of intense controversy. Multiple discourses shape debates in areas ranging from food sovereignty to sustainable food systems to the new Green Revolution. We examine a number of controversial questions: How can geographical indications be used to enhance opportunities for trade? Did speculation cause the recent price hikes in world food markets? From a cultural and ethical perspective, is the global intrinsically bad and the local intrinsically good? How do global value chains help or undermine local food systems? Drawing on food studies and development economics, this course is an exploration of key policy approaches and challenges around food security in the context of rapidly evolving global food systems. This is a graduate-level course that is also appropriate for undergraduates.