The course explores the intersections of agriculture, food processing, marketing and politics, but the focus keeps expanding.
“One of the things that I really like about it is to see how hungry the students are for this material,” Freedman said. “There was a real desire on their part to learn something about the food system.”
Freedman assigns articles and books, shows them films and brings in guest lecturers. One text that has stayed constant over the years is Michael Pollan’s “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” in which Pollan tracks a variety of food chains – industrial, organic and foraged food – from source to table, developing in the process a definitive account of the American way of eating.
The book contains a section on Polyface Farm, Joel Salatin’s organic farming operation in Swoope.