Land, Water, Food, and Climate

A woman sitting in an agricultural field with cracked, dry earth.

Some parts of western Nepal are already coping with higher temperatures and different rainfall patterns. (Image by Neil Palmer, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) on flickr. License CC BY-NC-SA.) 


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Fall 2020



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This reading seminar examines land, water, food, and climate in a changing world, with an emphasis on key scientific questions about the connections between natural resources and food production. Students read and discuss papers on a range of topics, including water and land resources, climate change, demography, agroecology, biotechnology, trade, and food security. The readings are supplemented by short lectures that provide context and summarize main points. The seminar provides a broad perspective on one of the defining global issues of this century. Students consider scientific controversies as well as areas of general agreement and examine practical solutions for addressing critical problems. 

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Dennis McLaughlin. 1.74 Land, Water, Food, and Climate. Fall 2020. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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