FST402 Feeding the City: Urban Food Systems (Spring)

Enrollment priority to nutrition/food studies majors who may request two of the following: FST 300.2, FST 304, FST 402, NSD 452; non-majors may register for only one.

Investigation of relationship between food and cities, including the many ways food shapes urban sustainability, public health, community, and economic development. Additional topics include municipal food policies and urban planning for community-based food systems.

Examine urban processes as constituted through the metabolic relationship between nature and society, using the food system as a lens into this relationship. 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. Theoretical approaches to understanding cities, nature, society, and food, grounding theory by examining the food system of Florence as a case study.

Registration restriction: Students may not register for both this course and GEO 400.2/ARC 500.2 due to similar content.

Course-related fee: covers the costs of visit to urban garden, group meal, cooking class supplies, and Florence site visits (2023 fee = $195).

Department: Food Studies

Location: Florence

Semester: Spring

Credits: 3