How do politics influence food production and consumption? How does food production and consumption shape societies and development? How can we understand the coexistence of surplus production and hunger? What implications do changes in food production and availability have for society and the environment? In this course, we will explore the relationship between the food system, the ecosystem, and society. We look at the relationship between food and culture; the rise of global, industrial agriculture; the global food system; and the dichotomy of hunger and abundance that exists domestically and internationally. We will also discuss and visit institutional and grassroots movements which offer remedies or alternatives to the current system. By the end of the course, you will be aware of the complexity of the global food system and its consequences on society and the environment, familiar with domestic and international policies that shape food access, and introduced to programs and organizations working on issues of food, hunger, and sustainability in New York and throughout the world. Authors will include Michael Pollan and Amartya Sen.