Ethnobiology, Nutrition, and Global Food Systems
General Catalog Course Title:
Ethnobiology, Nutrition, and Global Food Systems
Terms Offered:
Fall 2016
Spring 2016
Fall 2015
Fall 2014
Course Thread: 
Humanities & Environment
Course Thread: 
Sciences and Society
Carlson, Thomas

In this seminar we will read Michael Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma, Gary Nabhan’s Where Our Food Comes From and other select literature on related topics. We will explore the ethnobiological systems around the world that generate thousands of different species of plants and animals eaten by humans. We will examine the historical, cultural, commercial, and biological factors that have resulted in the worldwide consumption of certain plant (e.g., corn) and animal (e.g., cows) species. We will also compare the nutritional qualities, health effects, and carbon footprint of industrial food, organic food, locally grown food, and food that is hunted or gathered.





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