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What a Waste!

Course Purpose

This course will examine the complex issues of food waste and the associated social and environmental consequences from farm to table to landfill and beyond. Students will develop research skills while directly engaging their environments to address the problem of food waste.

Course Description

Students will learn about the food system and explore the ways in which waste is produced at different stages. Conventional and alternative food systems and practices will be examined to understand their connections to the production of waste and the social and environmental impacts. Concepts and issues such as the first principle of food waste, land fill, climate change, sustainability, industrial and home scales will be examined. Prevention of food waste will also be discussed including issues of consumption and practicing composting.  

This ARM will incorporate field trips and projects that will help students to better understand and track food waste as well as expose them to interventions that address this issue in the context of sustainability. Students will also develop qualitative research skills and be encouraged to investigate food waste in their own environments. 

 

 

 

 

Course Outline

Unit 1  Waste Happens!

Unit 2  Love Food, Hate Waste – Preventing Food Waste.