Many problems in agriculture, food and nutrition are inherently geographic in nature. For example, livestock production is increasingly concentrated in large feeding operations, leading to new spatial patterns of water and air pollution or foodborne illness. Spatial clustering is equally important for food consumption, nutrition and public health, as in hunger hotspots, food deserts and disease corridors.
Seminar: Food For All: Ecology, Biotechnology and Sustainability
With the human population expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050, how will we meet the increasing demand for food in an ecologically sustainable way? Historically, rapid increases in yield have been a result of advances in three main technologies: (1) genetic improvement; (2) use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers; and (3) expanded irrigation. Each of these technological advances, however, has limitations or has led to significant environmental degradation. There is an urgent need for new approaches to food production without destroying the environment.
This course provides an advanced introduction to anthropological theory and methods designed for food and nutrition science and policy graduate students. Section 1 covers anthropology's four-field modes of inquiry, cross-cutting theoretical approaches and thematic interest groups, their respective institutions and intellectual concerns. Section 2 demonstrates applications of these concepts and methods to cutting-edge food and nutrition issues.
Please join us on Monday, June 11th from 12-1:30 PM, for a viewing of HBO's documentary series The Weight of the Nation. We will view in M&V's Conference Room 2 this Monday, which features our own, Dr. Christina Economos.
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7 Billion Strong: Approaches to Feeding a Hungry World
Future of Food and Nutrition, A Multidisciplinary Graduate Research Conference
Plan to attend the 6th Annual Student Research Conference, open to all graduate students. The conference attracts 200 students from diverse academic disciplines, each with a connection to issues related to the health and nutrition of individuals, communities worldwide.
Hear oral presentations and poster sessions -- and meet future colleagues from universities across the region and country.