Spring 2020 Course: Soil to Soul
At EE 101, the class sessions, readings and assignments aim to guide students to develop food-systems intelligence— a personal understanding of how the diverse facets of the food system relate and depend on one another, especially one's own role as a participant in the food system and how individual and collective choices, actions, behaviors, policies and public and private interests affect it.
With the recent reports published in Fall 2018 by the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) and the US Government’s Fourth National Climate Assessment, there is heightened urgency about the devastating impacts of a warming planet. The way food is currently produced and consumed creates significant climate impacts. According to Project Drawdown, of the top 20 solutions identified as most effective in addressing climate change (out of the 80 compiled) eight relate directly to the food system.
Through this year’s Soil to Soul theme, we will grow from the ground up, learning how we might transform the food system to become healthy, sustainable, and just. We will highlight evidence-based innovations and entrepreneurial solutions throughout the semester and invite students to develop creative and effective plans at an individual, local, national, and global scale.