Food is fundamental to human existence. Historical events, cultural traditions, social structures, geographic features, and economic practices all factor into our food choices and options. Many people are fortunate enough to not have to think much about where our food comes from, but many others experience food scarcity or a lack of access to healthy food. Whether we are growing food and eating it right from the garden or buying it at the supermarket, we all are impacted by the food we consume. Food directly influences our health, energy, family traditions, and our budgets.
Foodways: Sustainable Food Systems is a single-semester course that explores the many interconnected systems that work together to bring food from the farm to our tables. Learning about sustainable food systems helps us understand how our food choices impact our communities and the wider world, and allows us to make more effective and intentional decisions about what we eat.