FST402 Feeding the City: Urban Food Systems (Spring)

Enrollment priority to nutrition and food studies majors and minors. Feeding the City is an investigation of the many ways food shapes urban sustainability, public health, community, and economic development. In this course we examine urban processes as constituted through the metabolic relationship between nature and society, using the food system as a lens into this relationship. We explore the relationship between food and cities, paying close attention to the ways in which food shapes cities and the ways in which cities shape the food system. We will look at the city as produced through nature and the food system as produced through urbanization. We start with theoretical approaches to understanding cities, nature, society, and food, and then move to ground this theory by examining the food system of Florence as a case study. We conclude with a look at various interventions designed to strengthen this city’s food system.

Course-related fee: A fee will be charged to cover the costs of required urban agricultural projects and workshops, tastings, group meal and Florence site visits (2019 fee = $170).

Department: Food Studies

Location: Florence

Semester: Spring

Credits: 3