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May 15 – June 19
Recorded Lectures + Live Discussions
Lectures will be shared in advance.
Live Discussions will be held Fridays from 12 NOON – 1PM EDT.
“You are what you eat” is a phrase familiar to many but what do you really know about food systems and diets? This course examines the complex interactions between food systems, diets, and the environment, and the political, social, and ethical issues to achieve both human and planetary health. We will discuss the challenges facing the food system as a result of environmental degradation and climate change. We will also review the state of current diets and their effects on human health outcomes. As we consider paths forward, we examine holistic solutions that align nutrition, health, and environmental goals. We consider our moral obligations to other people – both now and in the future – and the planet, and we posit that eating is political, social, and ethical acts requiring reflection at all scales.
Eating in the Anthropocene | Lecture Schedule
Week 1, May 15 – Food systems
Week 2, May 22 – Diets and health and malnutrition
Week 3, May 29 – Diets, food systems and climate change
Week 4, June 5 – Social and equity issues of diets and food systems
Week 5, June 12 – Achieving Healthy, Sustainable and Equitable Food Systems on the Individual level ** Please note: this class will be held from 2PM – 3PM EDT **
Week 6, June 19 – Achieving Healthy, Sustainable and Equitable Food Systems on the Systemic level
Jessica Fanzo, PhD is the Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of Global Food and Agriculture Policy and Ethics at the Berman Institute of Bioethics, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at the Johns Hopkins University in the USA. She also serves as the Director of Hopkins’ Global Food Policy and Ethics Program. From 2017 to 2019, Jessica served as the Co-Chair of the Global Nutrition Report and the UN High Level Panel of Experts on Food Systems and Nutrition. Before coming to Hopkins, she has also held positions at Columbia University, the Earth Institute, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the World Food Programme, Bioversity International, and the Millennium Development Goal Centre at the World Agroforestry Center in Kenya. Jessica has a PhD in nutrition from the University of Arizona.