There is little dispute that federal policy enabled the development of a food system that produces inexpensive food and created a host of external costs. Concern about our food system gave rise to ‘the food movement,’ which has a goal of ameliorating many of the external costs. Many of these concerns have been reflected in federal policy, which has evolved to improve the agro-ecosystem through sustainable farming, organic agriculture, and local food systems. From the seat of federal policy, Washington DC, we will undertake a deep study of sustainable and organic agricultural policy, by examining relevant research, advocacy and policymaking. Relying on the expertise of locally based scholars, researchers, and advocates, the course will consist of lectures, panel discussions, other sessions with experts, and site visits to better understand how these three key components interact. This course is influenced by Professor Dimitri and Dr. Effland’s recent publication, From farming to food systems: the evolution of US agricultural production and policy into the 21st century, Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, 2018.
Washington, D.C. (USA)
March 15 - 21, 2020
Required orientation and pre and post-travel class meetings in NYC on the following dates:
- To Be Announced
We are currently reviewing applications on a space-available basis
- NYU graduate students
- NYU Undergraduate students with 96 credits or more
- Nutrition and food studies
- Food policy
FOOD-GE.2022.095 (Class # 22719) Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Policy (3 credits)
Carolyn Dimitri, Associate Professor; Director, Food Studies Ph.D. Program
NYU students: this course counts toward your Spring 2020 course load and tuition.
Tuition will be due based on the Bursar's Payment Schedule for Spring 2020.
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- Housing Fee - $350
- Activity Fee - $400
Housing and Activity fees are billed through the Bursar and will be due in accordance with the Bursar's Spring 2020 billing schedule.
Travel to and from the program location is not included in the program fee. Students must purchase their own round-trip tickets and are responsible for their own accommodation for travel beyond the program dates.
Students will be notified when to book transportation. We recommend comparing tickets on multiple sites to ensure the best fare.
Housing will be arranged by the Office of Global Affairs
Weather: In Washington D.C., March temperatures tend to be similar to New York with temperatures usually ranging between the mid 30's and 50's (Fahrenheit).
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