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CRS 336 Agriculture, Environment, and Community

Fall 2011

Dr. Jessica Goldberger

Time: Tu/Th 9:10 – 10:25 am
Room: CUE 407

This course is designed to explore how agricultural choices generate intended and unintended consequences for human communities and the natural environment. The course examines case studies of “conventional” and “alternative” agrifood systems, such as industrial agriculture, agricultural biotechnology, global and local agrifood systems, organic agriculture, and community-supported agriculture.

At the end of the course students should be able to:

(1)  Discuss the intersection of agriculture, human communities, and the natural environment.

(2)  Describe and provide examples of new directions (e.g., agricultural biotechnology, community-supported agriculture, certified organic production) within the U.S. agriculture and food sector.

(3)  Identify the social and environmental consequences of agricultural choices, technologies, and movements.

(4)  Evaluate the sustainability of different agrifood systems, particularly in relation to human communities and the natural environment.

(5)  Collect data from the U.S. Census of Agriculture and identify trends in the data.

(6) Develop informed opinions about past, present, and future agrifood systems.

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