Choices – Past, Present & Future
The Low Countries (in the coastal areas of the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany) include land that is up to 20 feet below sea level (1/2 of the Netherlands) to land that is over 1,000 feet above sea level. Students will travel from Amsterdam to Ghent, to Maastricht (cities that are 700 – 2000 years old) and back to the North Sea coast in the north of Holland/Friesland, most of it with millennia old farming history. Students will learn about how changes in geography, politics and culture have influenced the people and agriculture of the region. Students will also see how, in turn, choices across the food chain have influenced the geography, politics and culture of these regions. These changes and choices are illustrated by visiting small organic farms to large intensive farms, conventional and new food distribution systems as well as universities, research systems and historic landmarks. Emphasis will be on students integrating geography, culture and agriculture with discussions on choices for the future.
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