GEOG 430
Human Use of the Environment

Week 6 Overview


This week we will explore the first item in the Food-Energy-Water nexus: Food. We will examine how food and agricultural policy shape what we eat and how we produce what we eat. Last week we looked briefly at the ways food and agricultural systems impact our planet. This week we will focus on the ways our food and agricultural systems impact the health and well-being of people producing food, as well consumers.

As you work though the material for this week consider:

  • Who controls the food system and how much say do consumers have? After this week's material how much effective do you think "voting with your wallet" is?
  • What concerns you more, the environmental impacts of food production of the societal issues (such as health and well-being of farmers), or both? Are they interrelated and if so, how?
  • What can be done to improve out food and agriculture systems? Will the cost in ill-health resulting from poor quality diet eventually motivate change?


  • Reading: Graddy-Lovelace, G. (2017). The coloniality of US agricultural policy: articulating agrarian (in) justice. The Journal of Peasant Studies, 44(1), 78-99
  • Reading: Altieri, M. and V.M. Toledo, (2011). The Agroecological Revolution of Latin America: Rescuing Nature, Securing Food Sovereignity and Empowering Peasants. Journal of Peasant Studies, 38 (3): 587–612.
  • Film: Glaser, J. and Lopez, D. (Directors & Producers). (2014). Banana Land: blood, bullets and poison. United Stats: Lazarus Films.
  • Film: Wolfe, A. (Director) (2007). King Corn. You are what you eat. United Stats: Mosaic Films.

Assignments Due:

  • Take the Week 6 Quiz in Canvas by Saturday at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.
  • Post your Week 6 Activity and Discussion assignment on Canvas by Saturday at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.

Please see the calendar in Canvas for specific due dates.