Critical engagement with solutions to food system reform is essential and increasingly important as the environment becomes more precarious and the harmful social impacts of an unsustainable and unjust food system more widespread. UCSB is becoming an intellectual hub for food system dialogue and change. This course is designed to prepare CCS students to participate in on and off campus activities that extend their engagement with the food system beyond their role as consumers.
Specifically, we will work to contextualize the global food system; engage critically with interconnected social and environmental food systems issues including food access, waste production, and climate degradation; and explore case studies of for profit, non-profit and cooperative social enterprises addressing these challenges. Students will work in interdisciplinary groups, guided by academic and industry experts, to creatively imagine an organization that could address a food-related issue and will present their solution in a social pitch competition at the end of the course.