ENVI 249
Food, Agriculture, and Globalization Spring 2020
Division II

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This course examines the history and current politics of the international political economy of food with a particular focus on how agriculture and food provisioning have been transformed through imperialism and globalization. We will pay particular attention to the interactions of corporations, nation-states, multilateral international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and social movements in the formation of a globalized food system. Topics include the historical antecedents of our present system, plantation agriculture, the influences of war and settler colonialism on global food production, Cold War transformations in the international food system, the origins of sustainable development discourse, international anti-hunger programs, free trade and fair trade schemes, labor migration, the antiglobalization and local food movements, and transnational food businesses. We will pay particular attention to theories about how producers and consumers are connected to one other through the political economy of food. The reading assignments are drawn from the fields of environmental and food history-there is a definite historical bent to this course-and we will also read works from political scientists, international relations scholars, geographers, anthropologists, and activists. The written assignments will be a series of policy briefs on topics you design in consultation with me. You will also be responsible for two oral presentations during the semester, related to the policy briefs.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 10
Class#: 3998
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: two oral presentations with handouts; 2 policy briefing papers (5-7 pages); 2 short concept papers (3-4 pages)
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Environmental Studies majors and concentrators
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: ENVI Environmental Policy

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