Spotlight on Teaching: Food, Agriculture, and Sustainability

January 21, 2014

Jay Turner's ES103 Takes Interdisciplinary, Hands-On Approach

ES103 students working the farm in a box outdoors
What's the best way to feed the world? Organic food? Local production? Genetically modified organisms? 
 
In the first-year seminar ES103: Environment & Sustainability: Food, Agriculture & Sustainability (Fall 2013), students asked these questions and many more. An average day might be spent out in the dirt, harvesting both organically grown and conventionally grown carrots from a "farm-in-a-box," or traveling to a local food pantry to learn about food access in the Boston area, or having a lively in-class debate about the ethics of meat consumption. Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Jay Turner emphasized an interdisciplinary, hands-on approach to studying some of the most pressing environmental issues of the day.
 
ES103 is the first Spotlight on Teaching feature of 2014, a chance to highlight the array of innovative, thought-provoking Wellesley courses. Learn more about ES103, and look out for a new featured course each month.

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