Teaching the Food System.
The Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University has put together a very interesting free curriculum called Teaching the Food System; elements of the curriculum can be used with high school, undergraduate and even graduate students.
The curriculum presents lots of interesting questions that intersect with urban agriculture, such as:
How is food connected with health, justice and the environment?
How does industrial food animal production compare with alternative approaches?
What are the strengths and limitations of local food systems?
How is our food supply dependent on ecosystems?
Though there aren’t many overt mentions of legal issues in the curriculum, it does discuss the Farm Bill, which is a federal statute that heavily influences the production of food in the United States.
Perhaps a UALP blog series on the Farm Bill is in order?
Also, there is a lecture TOMORROW, May 16th, 12:00pm-1:30pm at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, entitled Healthy Food Access in Urban Areas: Barriers and Solutions. I’ll be there, imagining ways in which state and local law can improve healthy food access for Baltimore residents.
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