FCNS 450/650: Nutrition and Community Food Systems Workshop, Summer 2014
Course Description: A “community food system” is one in which sustainable food production, processing, distribution and consumption are integrated to enhance the environmental, economic, social and nutritional health and wellness of a particular place. We will begin with an exploration of the current U.S. food system and how food production practices and what we eat impact the world in which we live. From there we will focus our attention on the factors that distinguish community food systems from the globalized food system. We will look at local food security (sufficient, safe and nutritious foods for all), proximity of the components of the food systems, the degree to which a community can meet its own food needs, and the sustainability required of the food system for future generations. We will explore how each of us can contribute positively to the local food system within our communities, and we will take an active role in the community food system for the summer, and hopefully, for life.