Agriculture is an important part of any society. But in America, this primary sector only accounts for one percent of the GDP and only two percent of the workforce. Most people do not have any agricultural skills, and most young people do not know where their food comes from and how their food is produced. They do not understand the importance of agriculture and its implications for our community and our environment. This course will discuss the evolution of agriculture in the U.S. and in the world, how our country and our world is faced with an agricultural crisis, and how this agricultural crisis is also related with many of our social crises, like homelessness, substance abuse, and more importantly, environmental crises. We have to solve many of our problems through solving our agricultural crises first. We will explore these issues as they relate to many parts of the world, but we will pay specific attention to these issues in China and the U.S.
- Teacher: Dongping Han