EEB 319 - Food, Land and Society Field Study
Section: 001
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB)
Department: LSA Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
With permission of instructor.
Enforced Prerequisites:
May not be repeated for credit.
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The course integrates scientific, socio-economic, and historical dimensions of modern agriculture and the food system. It introduces principles of ecology as they apply to agriculture, surveys diverse components of the current food system, and evaluates sustainable alternatives to modern industrial agricultural practices. Through lectures, discussions, and field trips to local farms and farm-related organizations, the course emphasizes (1) principles of ecology as they apply to agricultural ecosystems and the effects of agricultural activities on native ecosystems; (2) an introduction to local agricultural ecosystems through visits to farms in southern Michigan; (3) the history of agricultural practices and the ecological, social, and economic consequences of modern industrial agriculture; (4) principles of sustainable agriculture; and (5) rural and urban dimensions of agriculture.

Intended audience: The intended audience is students across the liberal-arts and natural-resources curricula with an interest in environmental issues in agriculture and the food system.

Course Requirements: For the 2-credit course, students conduct a field problem, and write an essay.

Class Format: The course meets for two to three weeks after winter term ends, depending upon student schedules. During this time, course meets from 8 am to 6 pm, five days per week for field exercises and field trips in Michigan and in Chiapas, Mexico.

EEB 319 - Food, Land and Society Field Study
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001 (LAB)
F 8:30AM - 5:30PM
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