Wednesday, April 3, 2013

University Resources: Food Systems

By Linda from Chicago, USA; (New crops) via Wikimedia Commons
For students with professional/research interests complimentary but not specifically listed in department concentrations, Cornell offers a wide array of options, often overlooked by current and potential students in City and Regional Planning. One particularly relevant field for modern practice is Food Systems planning. While the department has offered classes in the past, the greater university has traditional strengths in agriculture and life science—having one of the largest and most highly regarded programs in the U.S.

"There are fantastic resources at Cornell, but there are so many choices that the options can seem daunting at first," said Becca Jablonski, a PhD Candidate in the CRP department and a Predoctoral Fellow with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. A strong proponent of food systems planning research, her research focuses on assessing short and long-run impacts of alternative local and regional food systems to participating farmers (with an emphasis on small and medium-scale), supply chain participants, and rural economies.

"[W]hat separates Cornell from the other more "sustainable ag" or "food system" type programs...[is] in my opinion, the strengths of the University in agriculture offer different and more [broad] opportunities to students than more narrowly focused programs. Students have the opportunity to gain skills unavailable at other schools that do not have such a robust agricultural college," Jablonski emphasizes.

In addition to formal resources, Cornell houses a variety of informal resources for food systems enthusiasts. For example, in the past month, events have included a free public film screening of "Symphony of the Soil" and the showing of acclaimed documentary "The Garden"—next week the Ezra's Round Table Seminar is
entitled,"Progression to Multi-Scale Models and the Application to Food System Intervention Strategies."

Support for Food Systems research continues within the CRP department as well. As part of the department colloquium last Fall, Ken Meter, one of the most experienced food systems analysts in the U.S. delivered a colloquium presentation entitled Food Systems: Planning for Emergence. Also in the past, Professor Mildred Warner, of the CRP Department has taught a popular course on Food Systems Planning (syllabus available here).

Thanks to the work of Jablonski and Warner, the below list is a primer to classes and resources available in different colleges and departments across Cornell. This list is also available via the Cornell OCP website.

College of Agriculture and Life Science
The Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management (AEM)
AEM 3290/3291: International Agribusiness Study Trip Fall and Spring. 2 credits
AEM 4310: Agricultural and Food Policy Fall. 3 credits.
AEM 4420: Emerging Markets Fall. 3 credits.
AEM 4430: Food-Industry Strategy Fall. 2 credits
AEM 4450: Food Policy for Developing Nations (also NS 4450) Fall. 3 credits
AEM 4460: Food Marketing Colloquium Fall. 1 credit
AEM 4640: Economics of Agricultural Development Fall. 3 credits
AEM 6420: Globalization, Food Safety, and Nutrition Fall. 2 credits
AEM 6600: Agroecosystems, Economic Development, & the Environment Spring. 3–4 credits

Biological and Environmental Engineering (BEE)
BEE 3299: Sustainable Development Spring, summer. 3 credits

Crop and Soil Science (CSS)
CSS 3800: Organic Food and Agriculture Fall. 3 or 4 credits
CSS 4030: Traditional Agriculture in Developing Nations Fall. 1 credit
CSS 4100: The GMO Debate: Science and Society Spring. 3 credits
CSS 4140: Tropical Cropping Systems: Biodiversity, Social, and Environmental Impacts Fall. 4 credits
CSS 4900: Food, Farming, and Personal Beliefs Spring. 1 credit

Development Sociology (DSOC)
DSOC 3060: Farmworkers: Contemporary Issues and Their Implications Fall. 1 credit
DSOC 3240: Environment and Society Fall. 3 credits
DSOC 3400: Agriculture, Food, and Society Spring. 3 credits
DSOC 6270: Agrarian Social Mobilization: From Resistance to Revolution Spring. 3 credits
DSOC 7500: Food, Ecology, and Agrarian Change Fall. 3 credits

International Agriculture and Rural Development (IARD)
IARD 4020: Agriculture in Developing Nations I Fall. 2 credits
IARD 6030: Planning and Management of Agriculture and Rural Development Spring. 4 credits
IARD 6040: Food Systems and Poverty Reduction: Concepts and Themes Fall. 3 credits
IARD 6060: Food Systems and Poverty Reduction: Integration Fall. 4 credits
IARD 6960: Perspectives in International Development Fall, spring. 1 credit

Natural Resource Management (NTRES)
NTRES 4800: Global Seminar: Building Sustainable Environments and Secure Food Systems for a Modern World Spring. 3 credits

College of Arts and Sciences
Government (GOVT)
GOVT 6494: Agrarian Political Economy Spring. 4 credits

Division of Nutritional Science
Nutritional Science (NS)
NS 3060: Nutritional Problems of Developing Nations Fall. 3 credits.
NS 4450: Toward a Sustainable Global Food System: Food Policy for Developing Countries Fall. 3 credits
NS 4570: Health, Poverty, and Inequality: A Global Perspective Fall. 3 credits
NS 6440: Community Nutrition Seminar Fall and spring. 1 credit

Internship Opportunities
Cornell Cooperative Extension 

Cornell Centers and Institutes

Cornell International Institute for Food and Agriculture and Development (CIIFAD)