GEOG 430
Human Use of the Environment

Lesson 6 Overview

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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 as 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 effective do you think "voting with your wallet" is?
  • What concerns you more: the environmental impacts of food production, or 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 our food and agriculture systems? Will the cost in ill-health resulting from poor quality diet eventually motivate change?
 

Lesson 6 Checklist

Tasks
To Read

Read the Lesson 6 course content.

Use the links below to continue moving through the lesson material.

Graddy-Lovelace, G. (2017). The coloniality of US agricultural policy: articulating agrarian (in) justice. The Journal of Peasant Studies, 44(1), 78-99 A link to the reading is located in the Lesson 6 module in Canvas.
Altieri, M. and V.M. Toledo, (2011). The Agroecological Revolution of Latin America: Rescuing Nature, Securing Food Sovereignty and Empowering Peasants. Journal of Peasant Studies, 38 (3): 587–612. A link to the reading is located in the Lesson 6 module in Canvas.
To Watch Glaser, J. and Lopez, D. (Directors & Producers). (2014). Banana Land: blood, bullets and poison. United Stats: Lazarus Films. A link to the film is provided in the lesson content.
Wolfe, A. (Director) (2007). King Corn. You are what you eat. United Stats: Mosaic Films. A link to the film is provided in the lesson content.
To Submit

Take the Quiz #6 by Saturday at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.

Located in the Lesson 6 module in Canvas

Post your Lesson 6 Discussion and Activities by Saturday at 11:59 pm Eastern Time. Located in the Lesson 6 module in Canvas
Please refer to the Calendar in Canvas for specific time frames and due dates.