URP 604- Food Systems Planning

Course Details

Course No.: 24028

Department: Urban and Regional Planning

Semester: 2014 Spring

Location: Diefendorf – 207

Meeting Day(s): Monday

Meeting Time: 3:00PM - 5:40PM

Faculty: Raja

Food nourishes us, enriches our celebrations, and sustains life itself. Yet not everyone in the U.S. has
access to healthful, affordable, and culturally appropriate foods. Some people live in neighborhoods
where grocery stores carry a greater variety of potato chips than vegetables, while other people
cannot afford vegetables even when they are available. The quality of a community’s food system
has significant social, economic, environmental, and health implications. Planners and policy makers
can play an important role in planning and building community food systems that are economically
and socially just, healthy, and environmentally sustainable. Despite this important role, planners
have only recently begun to pay attention to the food system as a critical component of a
community’s infrastructure. In this seminar, students will learn to deploy traditional and innovative
planning skills to facilitate and strengthen community food systems. Students will critically assess a
community’s food system and examine the ways in which a community’s food system can be
transformed – through programs, policy, and planning tools – to ensure access to affordable,
culturally appropriate, and good quality food for all.