Tompkins Cortland Community College

ENVS112 - Food Sys III: Identity, Ethics, Culture


This course explores the many ways in which our personal and cultural identities are linked to food; investigates the ethical choices involved in preparing and eating food; and examines the dynamic interaction of food and culture in an increasingly globalized world. Should we eat animals? Should we only grow food organically? Should we consume genetically modified (GMO) foods? Are locally-produced foods ethically superior to globally-sourced foods? Are our ways of producing and consuming food fair to everyone? Should government play a role in promoting food safety and public health? Should our government play a role in easing world hunger? Students will develop an understanding of how individual choices help to shape the food system, and the ethical implications of these choices. ENVS 112 fulfills the SUNY General Education Humanities requirement. Prerequisites: Prior completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, ENGL 100 and RDNG 116 if required by placement. 3 Cr. (3 Lec.) Fall semester