Nov 30, 2021  
2021-2022 Bulletin 
    
2021-2022 Bulletin
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AGEC 0575 - Food Systems, Agribusiness and Ethics


Credits: 3
The significance of the global food system in sustaining life is irrefutable. As a cornerstone industry within the global food system, Agribusiness is central. Thus, considering ethical issues regarding the food system and agribusiness, with a particular emphasis on how vulnerable populations, such as African Americans, interface with this system is paramount, particularly due to the realities of health disparities, declining number of black farmers, black farmer land loss and the precarious economic position of a disproportionate number of black farmers. The global food system and agribusiness provide employment opportunities as well as life sustaining products for consumers. This course will deal with key ethical issues regarding the food system such as food insecurity, biotechnological advances; the plight of the black farmer and rural community development. The cornerstone and starting point for this course is to examine the relationship between past ethical violations (such as the US Public Health Service Syphilis Study) and their connection to the current social justice issues within the global food system. This course will introduce students to basic concepts in ethics, equip students with critical thinking skills and concepts for personal ethical reflection; they will learn principle ethical theories and significant ethical issues related to the global food system and agribusiness.



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