HC231H - Food Sovereignty

Professor: David Meek

4.00 credits

CRN 32927: Tuesday & Thursday, 12:00-1:20pm @ VIL 101

Do you produce the food you eat? Probably not, as few in the United States are self-sufficient producers of food today. Until relatively recently, this was not the case. Being able to produce one’s own subsistence was a cherished American value. What changed? Why have rural communities throughout the world moved from producing their own food to consuming food generated in other locales? This course begins with this question. It then turns to explore the recent wave of resistance to this trend. Diverse groups—both urban and rural—are returning to agriculture, reclaiming the simple right to produce one’s own food. Throughout the semester, we will focus on the concept of food sovereignty, which can be defined as the right for people to define their own food systems. Topics to be covered include the transition from family farming to industrial agriculture, the relation between food sovereignty and food security, political economy of agriculture, agrarian values, agroecology, peasant movements, urban agriculture, and food justice.