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Fall 2018
Oct 24, 2021
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STIA 380 - The Future of Food
A UN report indicates that 70% more food will be needed by 2050 to meet global demand. Can the world produce so much more?   How? What will be the consequences for the environment and industry?  And, crucially, is so much more actually needed? This course will provide the critical skills necessary to engage with these questions and more. Learning from past attempts to increase global food supply, we will develop a picture of current food challenges and how they vary within and across countries. We will also look at a range of possible solutions including GMOs and a “Green Revolution for Africa” but also considering non-agricultural approaches such as trade policy, better health care systems and new attitudes towards diet. In addition, students will learn how to produce and critique forecasts, the basics of Impact Assessment, and the role of perspective in defining and solving large social problems. Learning takes place through assignments based around discussion, readings, and lectures and visits from representatives of major DC area institutions engaged with the future of food. The course will include detailed discussion of food and agricultural issues in Sub-Saharan Africa, India, China and the United States.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Science, Tech, & Int'l Affairs Department

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