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Hilimire K.,Fort Lewis College | Hilimire K.,New Roots Institute for the Study of Food Systems | Gillon S.,New Roots Institute for the Study of Food Systems | Gillon S.,Marylhurst University | And 6 more authors.
Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems | Year: 2014

The study of food systems is a quickly growing field. In high demand by postsecondary students, new food systems studies programs are emerging from a range of disciplines. Food systems are inherently complex and are best understood from a range of academic perspectives and practical contexts. We review current scholarship on food systems pedagogy and present approaches for developing and implementing food systems curricula. A literature review and our experience indicate that effective food systems program approaches include emphasizing interdisciplinarity and a systems approach and balancing experience, theory, and practical skills acquisition. We discuss strategies, challenges and opportunities for building food systems curricula. Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Source


Hilimire K.,Fort Lewis College | Hilimire K.,New Roots Institute for the Study of Food Systems | McLaughlin B.C.,New Roots Institute for the Study of Food Systems | McLaughlin B.C.,University of Idaho
Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems | Year: 2015

Food systems and related programs are increasingly offered at postsecondary schools. The purpose of this study was to obtain student input useful to shaping the development of food systems curricula within the context of liberal arts education. We administered a survey to students at a public liberal arts college. We asked students about coursework, careers, and past experience in food systems. Among respondents, there was a demand for interdisciplinary food systems courses. Students were interested in a notion of food systems that is alternative to what is conventional with a strong emphasis on organic methods. Students were also interested in connecting food systems to health, affordability, environmental sustainability, and social justice. The range of career interests demonstrates a need for food systems curricula that are broad in scope. Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Source

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