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.

Course Syllabus


Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Michael Pollan
The Food Movement Past Present and Future
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Himanshu Gupta, Christine Moseley, Kimberlie Le
Food Systems Entrepreneurs Showcase
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
José Andrés
Feeding the World in Need
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Anna Lappé
Food System Disruptions and Opportunities
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Dana Gunders, Dan Kurzrock, Sandra Curtis
Taking Action on Food Waste
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Dr. David Eisenberg, Dr. Linda Shiue, Liz Fitzgerald, Aurora Sanchez
Culinary Literacy, Nutrition and Medicine
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Sophie Egan, Casey Gleason, Lam Le, Raja Ramachandran
Conscious Eating and Transparency
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Beth Rattner, Will Rosenzweig
Growing Our Own Lessons from the Garden
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Karen Ross, Anthony Myint, Karen Leibowitz
People for Better Policy: Restore California Leads the Way
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Carla Vernón
Change from Within: How Big Food Can Drive Big Impact
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Naomi Starkman, Matt Wheeland, Twilight Greenaway
Civil Eats: Food and the Media
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Tiffany Patton, Whendee Silver, Kristyn Leach, Moretta Browne, Loren Poncia
The What, Why and How of Regenerative Agriculture
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Dr. Kathleen A. Merrigan
Food, Climate, and Health
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Alice Waters and Bryant Terry
Slow Food Values in a Fast Food Culture