The Real Cost of Food

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Food production requires a range of inputs and creates a range of waste outputs and impacts. Most of these are invisible to consumers, since few people are intimately involved in food production, processing, disposal or often even preparation anymore. This course will explore the real costs of food to workers, producers, consumers, and to our global environment. The goal of the course is to allow participants to explore the many values they might use to make food choices and to practice seeing the food system and the products it delivers in a multifaceted way, rather than judging based solely on one or just a few outcomes or impacts.