Online course: Community-Based Food Systems

I will be teaching a five-week online course through Village Earth/Colorado State University on “Community-Based Food Systems” (June 1 – July 6). Admission to Colorado State University is NOT required. The course is geared towards activists, professionals and academics who want to develop their analysis of food systems issues. We will also look at different strategies and approaches for effecting food system change. Please share the course info below, or contact me with any questions. The deadline to register is May 27.
Tanya Kerssen

Food First/Institute for Food & Development Policy

398 60th St. Oakland, CA 94618
June 1 – July 6, 2012
Registration Deadline: May 27
The cultivation, preparation, distribution, and consumption of food are practices that shape how we organize ourselves socially, economically and politically. Control over food is central to the sustainability and self-determination of communities. In this seminar, you will learn about different approaches to building community-based food systems and movements for food justice around the world. Together, we will evaluate various strategies for protecting community food resources and rebuilding local food economies, as well as the factors that threaten these efforts. With special consideration for marginalized communities in the global North and South, students will develop a conceptual toolkit and set of resources to help them assess the limitations and possibilities of their own community’s food system.

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:
  • Understand the historical and economic “root causes” of global hunger, peasant displacement and environmental degradation.
  • Understand the key differences between the “dominant paradigm” of food system change and alternative models based in food sovereignty and food justice.
  • Identify concrete examples of political and practical strategies, in the global North and South, for promoting community-based food systems; and evaluate the effectiveness of these strategies.
  • Support local and global movements for community-based food systems by engaging in informed activism.
For more information, please contact Kristina at or the course instructor Tanya at

Course web page:

To register, visit:

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