Disputed Crops: U.S. Agricultural Policy and the Farm Bill

Schools of Public Engagement: Food Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Majors Only

Alternative Food Networks

Fall 2021

Taught By: Faculty TBA

Section: A

CRN: 11842

Credits: 3

A number of books and documentaries have been produced criticizing U.S. agricultural policy for supporting unsustainable farming practices with poor health outcomes for consumers and advocating alternative approaches to food production. What is the policy that arouses such opposition? How can advocates for alternative approaches effectively analyze farm policy and practices in order to change them? This course introduces the legislative basis of U.S. agricultural policy, which, since the Great Depression, has been established within the framework of renewable five-year Farm Acts. Students learn what this farm policy is, how it is made and implemented, and how it might be changed. The course consists of weekly readings, online discussions, and a semester-long student advocacy project, in which students, individually or in groups, adopt a sustainable food production advocacy group (or even an agribusiness lobby) and present a strategy for achieving a desired policy outcome.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Food Studies (NFDS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:22am 5/15/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Building: Online Course

Room: 999

Date Range: 8/30/2021 - 12/17/2021