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Swarthmore College    
College Bulletin - Course Catalog 
  Dec 16, 2017
College Bulletin - Course Catalog

ENVS 032. China, Brazil, and the Global Food Environment

(Cross-listed as SOAN 060C )
Food and agriculture sit at the intersection of the some of the most significant ecological, economic, social, and political transformations of our times. In turn, China and Brazil are two of the most crucial nodes of an emerging new world order, marked by dramatic agrarian transformations within and booming agroindustrial trade between them. In this course, we examine the increasingly interconnected development of food and agriculture in these two emerging economies through the lens of political ecology. Topics addressed include the origins and modernization of agriculture, the integration of China and Brazil through European imperialism and US neocolonialism, rural-urban migration and agro-industrialization, deforestation and environmental protection, transgenic seeds and agrochemicals, soil and water contamination, investments and land struggles, food security and food safety, shifting dietary habits and climate change.
1 credit.
Eligible for ASIA, ENVS, LALS
Fall 2017. Oliveira.
Fall 2018. Oliveira.
Catalog chapter: Environmental Studies  
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