Food for Thought: Developing Curricula for Sustainable Food Systems Education Programs

Kathleen Hilimire, Sean Gillon, Blair C. McLaughlin, Brian Dowd-Uribe, Katie L. Monsen

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The study of food systems is a quickly growing field. In high demand by postsecondary students, new food systems studies programs are emerging from a range of disciplines. Food systems are inherently complex and are best understood from a range of academic perspectives and practical contexts. We review current scholarship on food systems pedagogy and present approaches for developing and implementing food systems curricula. A literature review and our experience indicate that effective food systems program approaches include emphasizing interdisciplinarity and a systems approach and balancing experience, theory, and practical skills acquisition. We discuss strategies, challenges and opportunities for building food systems curricula.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)722-743
Number of pages22
JournalAgroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • agrifood
  • agroecology
  • college
  • curriculum
  • sustainable agriculture
  • university

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Development
  • Agronomy and Crop Science


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