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Edible Education 101: The Rise and Future of the Food Movement (Spring 2014, UC Berkeley). Instructors: Michael Pollan,

Knight Professor of Journalism, and Author, Activist, and Filmmaker Raj Patel. By the end of this century, there will be 10 billion people living on a planet scorched and drenched by climate change. Already, nearly a billion people are undernourished, while over a billion are overweight. The systems that have brought this about can appear opaque and complex. In this course, we will enlist the skills of economists, agronomists, activists, biologists, farmers, chefs, diplomats, workers, entrepreneurs, parents, poets, and citizens to explain both how food systems work, and how they might be changed.

Tracing the food system through the rise of industrial agriculture at home and abroad, the twelve week course will introduce students to some current and controversial ideas about the future of food, through conversations with some of the leaders of the food movement in Berkeley, the United States, and around the world.

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  • Lecture 01 – The Rise of Industrial Agriculture Unlimited
  • Lecture 02 – The Green Revolution and the Economics of the Food System Unlimited
  • Lecture 03 – The Chemistry and Biology of the Industrial Food System Unlimited
  • Lecture 04 – Consumerism, Marketing, and Health Unlimited
  • Lecture 04 – Consumerism, Marketing, and Health Unlimited
  • Lecture 06 – Animals and the Food System Unlimited
  • Lecture 07 – The Food System’s Impact on Climate Change Unlimited
  • Lecture 08 – Reinventing the Farm Unlimited
  • Lecture 09 – Urban Adaptation and Edible Education Unlimited
  • Lecture 10 – Plant Genetic Engineering and the Future of Food Unlimited
  • Lecture 11 – The Hands that Feed Us: Labor in the Food System Unlimited
  • Lecture 12 – The New Face of American Agriculture: Women Farmers Unlimited
  • Lecture 13 – Course Synthesis with Michael Pollan and Raj Patel Unlimited

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