Spring 2010

Seminar on Sustainable Agriculture and Human Populations.

Listed in: Environmental Studies, as ENST-52


Ethan J. Temeles (Section 01)


The current world human population numbers 6.7 billion people, and the United Nations estimates that 9 billion people will live on Earth in the year 2050.  Will there be enough food for this many people, and can we sustain our current lifestyle and agricultural practices in the future?  These are among the questions asked in this course, which will address the biological, social, economic, and political aspects of agriculture and human population growth.  Other questions to be addressed are:  How have humans managed to sustain their current rate of population growth?  What is the Green revolution?  What are the environmental impacts of current agricultural practices?  Can we feed the growing world population without destroying our environment, and if so, how?  Is genetic engineering of crops a solution to world hunger? 

Requisite: Environmental Studies 12 or 21 or Biology 23 or consent of the instructor. Not open to first-year students. Limited to 14 students. Spring semester.  Professor Temeles.

If Overenrolled: Students over limit are not enrolled but put on wait list by instructor


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2010