FEATURED COURSES · SPRING 2018

People, Land and Food: Comparative Study of Agriculture Systems

Geog/Envir St 309


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Tues / Thurs + various discussion times
1:20 - 2:10pm
3 credits


Fulfills Environmental Studies
Theme
Counts Towards
Sustainability Certificate
UW Designations
Intermediate Social Science

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Instructor

Holly Gibbs
Holly Gibbs
Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies
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COURSE DESCRIPTION

In this course we will examine how and why humans have transformed the global landscape and the consequences for biodiversity, climate, biogeochemical cycling and other ecosystem services needed to keep our planet habitable. We will explore these land-use tradeoffs between human necessities such as food production and unintended consequences such as habitat loss, floods, greenhouse gas emissions, and community displacement. We will study different agricultural systems in different regions and tackle topics such as food security, land scarcity, bioenergy and the impacts of agriculture on the environment. The drivers and pattern of tropical deforestation will also be a focus. We will examine a range of solutions from global policy to everyday decisions to feed and fuel the world without destroying the planet.

Professor Gibbs received the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award (2016) and University Housing Honored Instructor Award (2015). Her course website is http://www.gibbs-lab.com/plf/


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