14 Jul '11, 11am

Seed-to-Plate: How the University of Vermont is Cultivating Food Systems as an Academic Discipline

Seed-to-Plate: How the University of Vermont is Cultivating Food Systems as an Academic Discipline

I don’t know about you, but I’m hungry. Hungry for change. We can’t live without food – so we better get started solving our food issue before it eats us alive. At colleges and universities, we are in a unique position: We can plant the seeds for a sustainable economic future by growing food systems as a transdisciplinary academic area. For us, a systems-based approach is new, novel – and necessary. It’s complicated because food is complicated. It touches every aspect of our lives – on an intimate and global level. Our kitchens are where we nurture ourselves and our families. Our global economy is fueled by food, as is our US economy where food represents $1 trillion in annual sales, 13% of the gross national product, and 17% of our workforce. But, despite remarkable growth, our relationship with food is suffering. As Wendell Berry said, we’ve become a nation of industrial...

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