Food for Thought:
A summer program in ecology and sustainable
Ecology, evolution, and agriculture (Environmental
Course catalog description:
Environmental Studies 301. Ecology, evolution, and agriculture.
An investigation of the reciprocal interaction between humans and the organisms
that nourish us. The class examines the origins and subsequent evolution
of domesticated plants, animals, and agricultural pests, and the ways in
which these organisms have shaped our bodies and communities. The class
will also focus on the relationship between food production and hunger.
Class will involve reading, writing, and discussions, invited speakers,
field trips, and the study of ecological processes and natural history in
and around an organic garden. One class credit. Haskell.
Discussions will be centered on the careful analysis of
key books and papers. Students will then work on collaborative research
projects examining issues arising from the readings.
- library and field research project/papers on evolution
in agricultural systems, with written reports and oral presentations given
to the group.
- essays on readings. Particular emphasis will be placed
on critical analysis of arguments.
- research project/paper on the interaction between hunger
- journal essays on service experience at CAC
Readings (partial list):
- Guns, germs, and steel, by
- Becoming native to this place,
by Wes Jackson
- The grapes of wrath, by John
- Fast food nation, by Eric
- Readings from:
- The Paradox of Plenty : Hunger in a Bountiful World, by Boucher, D. H. (ed.) 1999. Food First Books
- The Doubly Green Revolution : Food for All in the
Twenty-First Century, by Conway, G. and V. W.
Ruttan. 1999. Comstock Pub Assoc.
- Feeding the Ten Billion : Plants and Population Growth, by Evans, L. T. 1998. Cambridge Univ Press
- World Hunger : Twelve Myths,
by Lappe, F. M. et al. 1998. Grove Press.
- American Agriculture:
a Brief History, by D. R. Hurt
- Tennessee Farming, Tennessee Farmers: Antebellum Agriculture
in the Upper South, by D. L. Winters
- Papers from the primary literature, the review literature,
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