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BIS100 - Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems



1er cycle
3 crédits
Faculté ou centre
Centre universitaire de formation en environnement et développement durable

Cible(s) de formation

This course will help students to develop an informed critique of conventional agricultural systems. They will be able to assess existing food systems in local communities and around the world, suggest how improvements could be made, and imagine new paradigms.


Conventional, industrial agriculture and fisheries are the source of most of our food, but are increasingly linked to economic injustice, loss of food security, and poor health, while also being criticized for being unsustainable, causing environmental degradation. Alternative food systems are emerging, providing innovative, sustainable, local, and organic solutions. This course provides an interdisciplinary survey of the environmental, social, economic, and cultural aspects of agriculture and food, and outlines some of the emerging sustainable food systems.