In Spring 2016, Professor Ming Kuo will be teaching a Grand Challenge Experience course for the Sustainability, Energy & the Environment pathway. GCL 126d FROM FARM TO TABLE, which meets the gen ed criteria for Social Science, follows food from its origins to our plates. Students in this course will visit places and people all along the food chain, and learn first-hand where our food comes from and the steps it goes through to be transported, processed, and marketed to consumers. With the assistance of local experts, students will examine the choices all along this journey and how those choices affect people and the environment. The semester concludes with a farm-to-table meal at which students will share their visions for a sustainable and healthy local food system with farmers and other local stakeholders.
Professor Kuo's work in the College of ACES specializes in the human dimensions of the environment. She is the co-founder of the Human-Environment Research Laboratory (HERL) and the founder of the Landscape and Human Health Laboratory (LHHL), which explores the connection between nature and outcomes related to healthy human functioning, such as crime and violence; strength of community; well-being and coping; exercise and vitality; and attention, executive-functions, self-control, and learning.