Food for Thought

How are food systems shaped, and how do they shape the world? In this course, you will be guided through the cycle of life as a metaphor for the trajectory of our global food system. Using food production as a lens, you will study the history of human societies, starting with our transition from hunter-gatherer societies and ending with our current globalized food system.

Course Units

How did agrarian societies begin and how do they influence what we eat today?


The purpose of this Unit is to understand how and why humans transitioned from hunter-gatherer societies to agrarian societies, and to learn how this transition influenced societies and the environment.


By the end of this unit, you will have:

  • Completed a series of readings and responded to reading prompts
  • Created a map of early agrarian societies and where common foods originated
  • Created a food family tree
  • Researched a common family recipe & the origins of 1 of its main ingredients in a “food autobiography”

What are the social and environmental consequences of a global food system?


The purpose of this Unit is to see what a global food system looks like, and to understand the human and environmental impacts of this system.


By the end of this unit, you will have:

  • Mapped and read about the global food system
  • Observed the global food system in your own community
  • Created a Prezi presentation mapping the distribution chain of a specific food

How has technology influenced what and how we eat since the Industrial Revolution?


  • To understand how the Industrial Revolution & World War II changed our food system
  • To understand the impact these changes have had on both our food and environment


In this unit, you will pursue the following guiding questions:

  • How and why have our tastes changed since the Industrial Revolution?
  • Do you know what you’re eating?
  • How can I judge the quality of food using my senses?

  • ISS: .5
  • English: .25