URP 604

URP 604– Food Systems Planning

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Course No.: 23405

Department: Urban and Regional Planning

Semester: 2017 Spring

Location: Hayes Hall – 327

Meeting Day(s): Wednesday

Meeting Time: 08:10AM - 10:50AM

Faculty: Raj, Raja

Food nourishes us, enriches our celebrations, and sustains life itself. Yet not everyone in the U.S. has access to healthful, affordable, and culturally appropriate foods. Planners and policy makers can play an important role in planning and building community food systems that are economically and socially just, healthy, and environmentally sustainable.
In this seminar, students will learn to:
 Develop a substantive understanding of food systems and the linkages between food and social, economic and environmental justice.
 Deploy traditional and innovative planning skills to facilitate and strengthen community food systems.
 Critically assess a community’s food system and examine the ways in which a community’s food system can be transformed – through programs, policy, and planning tools – to ensure access to affordable, culturally appropriate, and good quality food for all
This is a 3 credit seminar course with no prerequisites for the course except graduate standing at UB.d nourishes us, enriches our celebrations, and sustains life itself. Yet not everyone in the U.S. has access to healthful, affordable, and culturally appropriate foods. Some people live in neighborhoods where grocery stores carry a greater variety of potato chips than vegetables, while other people cannot afford vegetables even when they are available. The quality of a community’s food system has significant social, economic, environmental, and health implications. Planners and policy makers can play an important role in planning and building community food systems that are economically and socially just, healthy, and environmentally sustainable. Despite this important role, planners have only recently begun to pay attention to the food system as a critical component of a community’s infrastructure. In this seminar, students will learn to deploy traditional and innovative planning skills to facilitate and strengthen community food systems. Students will critically assess a community’s food system and examine the ways in which a community’s food system can be transformed – through programs, policy, and planning tools – to ensure access to affordable, culturally appropriate, and good quality food for all.