Engaging

Politics of Food

School: 
College of Arts & Sciences
CLAS Course: 
Global Development Studies
Course #: 
GSVS 3160
Section: 
4
Instructor: 
Paul Freedman
Credits: 
3
Days of the Week: 
MTWRF

How and what we eat is basic to who we are as individuals, as a culture, and as a polity. This course looks at the production and consumption of food in a political context. Food politics and policies have critical implications for the environment, for public health, for political equality, and for budget priorities. This course looks at food politics through a series of “food fights.” We will examine controversies over agricultural subsidies, labeling requirements, taxation, farming practices, food safety, advertising and education. In doing so, we will explore some of the most important features of American democracy, including legislative politics, regulation, interest group activity, federalism, public opinion, political communication, and representation. Ultimately we will examine the ways in which the politics of food represents both a reflection and a distortion of fundamental democratic principles.

Notes: 
This two week course is taught at Morven Farms.
Session: 
Session I
Course Dates: 
June 4 to June 15
Course Times: 
10:00 am to 3:30 pm