*Environmental Science and Public Policy 90Y. World Food Systems and the Environment
This seminar examines the world’s systems for the production and distribution of food as they relate to the earth’s physical, chemical, and biological systems. Using scientific readings, papers about economics and politics, and cases about firms, we consider agriculture and food from scientific, public policy, and business strategy perspectives and in relation to environmental issues such as greenhouse gas emissions, carbon and nitrogen cycles, water and soil conservation (including erosion, pollution, and salinization), and the use of genetically modified organisms. Geographic and topical coverage will be broad: the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa; as well as water, seeds, fertilizers, animal protein, trade and development. We expect to have numerous guests from the scientific community, government, and business. Some background in biology, government or economics is useful, but not required.
Note: Permission of instructor required.