F&ES 772a / 2013-2014

Social Justice in the Food System

Credits: 3
Fall 2013: Tu, 1:00-3:50, Kroon 202
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This course explores social justice in today’s globalized food system. We learn about strategies and discourses used by community-based activists, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and scholars in order to understand injustice, and work to create a more just food system for all. We begin by developing an understanding of the food system as one that encompasses farm and industry workers, farm owners and collectives, and agroecological systems, as well as all those who consume food. Based on this understanding, we review injustice in the food system from multiple sectors and standpoints. We also explore concepts used to frame current critical food studies and movements, including environmental justice, food justice, and food sovereignty, and we consider how these are applied in multiple contexts, both within the United States and globally. We examine several ideological debates among current food justice activists and scholars, including the extent to which neoliberalism and racial oppression are reinscribed through alternative food initiatives and framings, as well as the legitimacy of analyzing food systems as dichotomous, either/or arrangements. 

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