Agricultural sustainability can be viewed from many perspectives including biological, ecological, social, economic, political and ethical. In this course, we will explore diverse aspects of agriculture and agricultural sustainability, primarily from various natural science perspectives. However, we will also use other perspectives to understand some of the diverse factors which influence, and are influenced by, agriculture and issues of sustainability. We will examine the resources and conditions required by agriculture, how agriculture uses resources, some of the intended and unintended consequences of agriculture, and various questions these raise about the sustainability. Examples will be drawn from California and several other parts of the world and from throughout the history of agriculture, including the present. Laboratory exercises and field trips will provide students with direct, in-field experiences with diverse aspects of a number of production practices and agricultural systems. Students will develop and use tools to assess the sustainability of agricultural operations, gain experience using science-based information to understand the ecology and management of crops, soils and pests and visit a wide range of agricultural operations in the region. PLS 15 is new course and is designed to complement CRD 20, Food Systems. CRD 20 is offered during Fall quarters and emphasizes social science perspectives on food and agriculture, within the context of an interdisciplinary understanding of sustainability. CRD 20 and PLS 15 soon will be the introductory courses for a new major, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES: 1. The student will be able to explain the major aspects of agricultural practices and traditions through time and throughout the world, including the USA, Polynesia, Southeast Asia, Africa, and Latin America. 2. The student will be able to explain in general the relationships among culture, economics, politics, science, and agricultural development. A solid understanding of the cross-cultural interactions and exchange that linked the world’s people and facilitated agricultural development is also expected. 3. The student will have studied and analyzed refereed-journal articles, texts, and practices that represent the perspectives of different societies and agricultural traditions .The Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems major offers the opportunity to integrate a strong foundation in science with a broad, "big picture" perspective and hands-on experience. In addition to getting an excellent liberal arts education, our majors have the necessary skills and knowledge to apply their interests and experience toward agricultural and food system practices, production, policy and education.
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