This course presents a broad overview of a contemporary sustainable farming systems in the United States through the study of the history of food production as it relates to the development of biological agriculture. Students will discuss history of U.S. agriculture, the rise of industrial and biological forms of agriculture, and the ethical, economic, ecological, and social aspects of agricultural sustainability. Four major systems of alternative agriculture - certified organic, biodynamic, biointensive, and permaculture - will be presented as examples of contemporary sustainable agriculture. Labs will consist largely of field trips to local sustainable farms and small group tutorials.
Prerequisite: ENS 116 Introduction to Environmental Studies.