The World on Your Plate: Food, Equity, and Sustainability^

^Sustainable Food Systems Track course

Instructor: Mia MacDonald

Fulfills requirement: Food Systems (FS) OR Environmental Policy, Management,
and Finance (EPMF)
Day: Monday
Dates: Nov. 20, 27, Dec. 4, 11, 18 (Module 3, 5 sessions)
Time: 6:10 – 8:10 PM
Room location: Schermerhorn Extension 652
Course ID: ENVB 0408 N
Call number: 70945

Course Description

This course will provide an overview of the multiple and varied intersections among environmental and social factors involved in food production and consumption. The broad challenge and opportunity of sustainability requires such a multifaceted approach and deviates sharply from conventional, unsustainable approaches focused on single factors, such as yield. The course is about policy—its development as well as implementation. It will, however, also explore the roles of public understanding and collective and individual action in informing policies and changing practices.

About the Instructor

Mia MacDonald is the Executive Director and founder of Brighter Green. She is a New York based public policy analyst and writer who has worked as a consultant to a range of international non-governmental organizations–including the Ford Foundation, the World Wildlife Fund, the Green Belt Movement, the Sierra Club, and Save the Children, and several United Nations agencies, among others—on issues of environment, sustainable development, women’s rights and gender equality, reproductive health and population, and conservation and animal protection. She has published many articles in popular and environmental media, authored a number of policy papers and reports, and contributed to four books, including Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai’s best-selling autobiography, Unbowed. She is a Senior Fellow of the Worldwatch Institute and has taught in the human rights program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and the environmental studies department at New York University. She is a member of the board of directors of the Green Belt Movement International – North America (currently serving as treasurer, after four years as board chair) and the Culture & Animals Foundation, and has been a member of the boards of Farm Sanctuary and the Food Empowerment Project. She received a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, a BA with honors from Columbia University, and also studied English Literature and Language at Oxford University.