Food for Thought: Developing Curricula for Sustainable Food Systems Education Programs

Kathleen Hilimire, Sean Gillon, Blair C. McLaughlin, Brian Dowd-Uribe, Katie L. Monsen

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Abstract

The study of food systems is a quickly growing field. In high demand by postsecondary students, new food systems studies programs are emerging from a range of disciplines. Food systems are inherently complex and are best understood from a range of academic perspectives and practical contexts. We review current scholarship on food systems pedagogy and present approaches for developing and implementing food systems curricula. A literature review and our experience indicate that effective food systems program approaches include emphasizing interdisciplinarity and a systems approach and balancing experience, theory, and practical skills acquisition. We discuss strategies, challenges and opportunities for building food systems curricula.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)722-743
Number of pages22
JournalAgroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
Volume38
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • agrifood
  • agroecology
  • college
  • curriculum
  • sustainable agriculture
  • university

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  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Development
  • Agronomy and Crop Science

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Food for Thought : Developing Curricula for Sustainable Food Systems Education Programs. / Hilimire, Kathleen; Gillon, Sean; McLaughlin, Blair C.; Dowd-Uribe, Brian; Monsen, Katie L.

In: Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, Vol. 38, No. 6, 01.01.2014, p. 722-743.

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Hilimire, Kathleen ; Gillon, Sean ; McLaughlin, Blair C. ; Dowd-Uribe, Brian ; Monsen, Katie L. / Food for Thought : Developing Curricula for Sustainable Food Systems Education Programs. In: Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. 2014 ; Vol. 38, No. 6. pp. 722-743.
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