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Food, Health & Climate Change

Fall 2021: Tuesday and Thursday, 10:30am-11:45am
H.B. Farmer Education Building, Room 238 (*Lab time ED338)

  • What are the historical, socio-political and economic drivers of our current food system?
  • What role do you see yourself playing in the current food system?

How can we change the future of local and global food systems – from farm to fork – with our words, images, stories and imagination to create more just and sustainable food systems?

The human brain has always been highly tuned towards narratives for making sense of the world around us. Our stories and culture around food, consciously and unconsciously influence what we eat, which in turn, impacts our health as well as the health of the planet. Yet, scientific studies of food systems—specifically, within the field of economics—rarely take into account the critical role that narratives play in the design and functioning of our food system. On the other hand, humanities-based perspectives on food system often fall short of a complete understanding of the economic underpinnings of how the food system has evolved and how it functions. This Lab will explore how the intersections between the humanities, narratives and economics inform us about the connections between food systems, climate change, and the health of humans and the planet. As a final deliverable for the course, students will work with food system stakeholders to develop alternative visions of the future of food, and explore the narratives, policies and actions needed to get us there.


  • Collaborations TBA

Impact Outcomes

Students will share their findings with the general public in a format of their choosing. This will be updated several times. Include intended outcomes and then when Lab is over, come back here to update with examples of some of the outcomes.

Food, Health, and Climate Change in the News

At the Humanities Lab, we strive to ensure our Labs are relevant and current. Here are some recent articles about food, health, and climate change in today’s news!

Playlist: Why Climate Change is a Human Rights Issue
Many Globally are as Concerned About Climate Change as about the Spread of Infectious Diseases
Cutting Greenhouse Gases From Food Production Is Urgent, Scientists Say

Enrollment Information

Fall 2021: Tuesday and Thursday, 10:30am-11:45am and *Tuesday 1:30pm-2:45pm

H.B. Farmer Education Building, Room 238 and *Lab time ED338, Session C

  • Humanities LabHUL 494 and 598
  • AnthropologyASB 494 and 598
  • EnglishENG 494 and 598
  • SustainabilitySOS 498 and 594
*Lab time is for students to work on activities and assignments, especially skill-building and collaborative Lab projects. Contact faculty about required Lab times.

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Instructional Team

Faculty: Joni Adamson English School of English Food, Health, and Climate Change Fall 2021
Faculty: Rimjhim Aggarwal Sustainability School of Sustainability Food Health and Climate Change Fall 2021