Cathedrals, Castles, Culture and Cuisine-sustainable, Safe & Nutritious Food in France

France
Sunday, June 4, 2023 to Saturday, June 17, 2023
Department: 
ABE, FSHN
Type of Travel: 
Travel Course
Semester: 
Summer
Year: 
2023
Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Program Director(s): 

With the growth of the world’s population and the increasing awareness that our natural resources are limited, development of sustainable systems to produce food is essential. Globally, the food industry is one of the largest industrial sectors, consumes tremendous amounts of energy and water, and can result in large quantities of waste; thus food has a critical impact on the environment, including greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.

Historically, the criteria for food choice amongst consumers has been based on taste, price, availability, quality, and nutritional attributes; however, evidence now suggests that consumers are increasingly interested in the environmental impact of foods.  Students will learn about these issues (both in the US and in France), and they will have many opportunities to experience French cuisine and French culture as related to food, and will obtain different perspectives in terms of diet, food production, food preparation, food consumption, and the major role of food in French culture.  Students will also be immersed in French history, and will understand how cathedrals and castles have been, and continue to be, key to French culture and cuisine.

Travel and application deadline dates are tentative and subject to change. Check back in August/September 2022 for additional information.