Tompkins Cortland Community College

ENVS110 - Food Systems I: Intro U.S. Food System


What is a Food System? How does our U.S. Food System work? Who gets to eat the food produced each day and how does it get there? In this course these questions will be examined. We will evaluate the social, political, economic, and environmental impact and consequences associated with the way food is produced, distributed, and consumed. Topics include a brief history of food and the industrialization of agriculture, environmental and political influences on food production and its distribution, societal health and waste, and the complexities of these areas in relation to our human society. Through various class activities, students consider alternative approaches to our food system, including the farm-to-table and local food movement. Students will be introduced to systems thinking, valuable research, communication, and analytical methods. ENVS 110 fulfills the SUNY General Education Social Sciences requirement. Prerequisites: Prior completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, ENGL 100 and RDNG 116 if required by placement. 3 Cr. (3 Lec.) Fall semester.