Workshop: The Impact of Food on the Environment

Course ID - CTD0495             

Short Title: Food and Environment

 Audience   Faculty 
Length of Workshop:      5 hours 

We know that a modern “fast food” diet can be harmful to our health, but we seldom stop to consider the impact of our food choices on the environment. Beyond providing nutrients for the body, food has traditionally been a source of nourishment for the spirit, psyche, and society of the people who consume it.  The choices we make about how food should be produced and distributed impact the health of the entire natural system upon which we rely for our survival.   Participants in this workshop will explore how “traditional” diets of various cultures safeguarded the well-being of the Earth and its inhabitants.  They will work together to examine the food choices associated with their various cultures and participate in a collaborative activity about effective decision-making related to food.

* Approved CT&D Workshop for Faculty Professional Development hours.


As a result of successful completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • List and explain the health benefits associated with a traditional diet 
  • Identify some healthful foods that reflect their family and cultural traditions 
  • Describe how food production impacts the environment
  • Explain the importance of maintaining the genetic integrity of our seed banks
  • List and describe the procedures of a collaborative learning activity which facilitates civic engagement and enhances awareness of natural systems
  • Create a lesson or action incorporating environmental sustainability into their specific disciplines or department - due to director of the Earth Ethics Institute within 3 weeks of the workshop



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Registration information
Course ID: CTD0495  
Course Title: Food and Environment   
Reference # - see table 

How to Register

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