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Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Minor

CSS 124: Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

Contemporary research and movements involving agricultural and food system sustainability. Socio-cultural factors influencing food and agriculture.

Email enrollment or course questions to Julie Cotton.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the three basic sustainability principles/pillars (environment, economy, and society)

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the five types of capital, the limitations these place on resources, and how these influence individual and social decision-making

  • Understand US farming systems, including (listing) historical phases of agricultural development, (discussing) influential social movements and individuals, and (describing) social and biological influences on organic agriculture

  • Describe characteristics of a community food system, and how that differs from other contemporary food systems

  • Compare and contrast opportunities and constraints for small farmers, beginning/emerging farmers, and large scale farmers

  • (discuss?) Understand resources that are used in agriculture, the flow of production, and the products of exchange, as well as the current and potential US contribution to the world food system

  • (Describe) Be familiar with the history of sustainability in agriculture and food systems

  • (identify) Gain exposure to SAFS research and extension within MSU, and other related job opportunities in SAFS

(Recognize the) Become familiar with various careers for SAFS (farming, policy, non-profit, research, continuing education)

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