Course Spotlight: Food Policy Courses in the Gastronomy Program

Dr. Ellen Messer teaches Food Policy classes in the Gastronomy Program and has prepared this overview of her classes.

Image: Cattle grazing outside Sokoto, Nigeria, where large-scale farming is in conflict with local communities. From Climate Change Threatens the World’s Food Supply, United Nations Warns, NYT 7/8/2019.


NYT front page headline news asserts “Climate Change Threatens the World Food Supply, UN Warns” by Christopher Flavell, 8 Aug19).  But how do agricultural and nutritional policies contribute to causation and potential mitigation?  Can better understandings of national food systems and policies, and cultural dietary constructions influence outcomes?

BU Gastronomy’s policy track, as part of the BU MLA in Gastronomy, crafts answers to these questions. Two courses— “World Food Systems and Policy” (MET ML 720, offered in fall term) and “US Food Systems and Cultural Politics” (MET ML 721, offered in spring term) are specifically dedicated to clarifying international and US policy issues.  A third, “Local to Global Food Values: Policy, Practice, and Performance” (MET ML 719, to be offered on-line in spring or summer term), addresses environmental, economic, cultural, and nutritional dimensions that influence producer, consumer, marketing, and regulator behaviors.  Each combines a range of multi-disciplinary theoretical, advocacy, and practical readings, along with well-structured discussion exercises and written assignments that prepare participants for roles in food businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations, including research and activist policy think tanks.

Enrollment in MET ML 720 and MET ML 721  is open to Gastronomy and other graduate students, and to advanced undergrads with the permission of the instructor.

MET ML 720, World Food Systems and Policy, with Dr. Ellen Messer, will meet in the Fall 2019 Semester on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:45 PM beginning on September 3. You can register here.

MET ML 721, US Food Systems and Cultural Politics, will meet on Tuesday evening in the Spring 2020 semester.

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