Explore the environmental consequences of modern food production around the world. This course will survey agricultural systems and examine their environmental implications. We will explore alternative approaches to food, fuel, and fiber production that emphasize economic, social, and environmental sustainability.
Case studies will focus on different agricultural approaches in the countries we will be visiting and their effects on a range of environmental issues including greenhouse gas emissions, demand for water, fertilizer runoff, erosion, deforestation, and other issues. We will also delve into how agriculture can be used to restore landscapes, ecosystems, and communities.
Students will learn to:
- Describe both positive and negative environmental consequences of food production systems around the world representing a variety of economic, geographic, and societal features;
- Understand the tradeoffs involved in meeting world food, fuel, and fiber needs in terms of wildlife habitat, energy, and environmental quality;
- Compare and contrast the agriculture/environment conflict and its possible resolution across cultural and geographical boundaries; and
- Evaluate the potential of alternative cropping and animal production systems to provide food security, economic opportunity, and natural resource protection within different ecosystems and cultures.
This class is also offered as HORT 171 through the CSU Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture.
Field WorkCountry: Spain
Date: February 19, 2022