Agriculture is one of the leading industries in the world, and perhaps the most important for the future of the planet. If nothing changes between today and the year 2050, farmers will have to grow 60-70% more food in order to meet the challenges of feeding the growing planet. We visit the farms and factories where the foodstuffs begin to make their way to your dinner table, learning how consumer demands are changing production techniques to ensure humane treatment of animals, sanitary conditions, and healthier food.
Understand the basic operations of large and small farms, and the economics behind growing food
Demonstrate a nuanced understanding of the tradeoffs between organic and commercial food production
Understand the culture of farming and how it relates to the development of communities in the Midwest of the United States
Lenses of Inquiry
Places and ActivitiesThis program is flexible, and can be offered in 3, 5, or 7 day itineraries.
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“The Envoys Staff were exceptionally committed to us and to the goals of our trip. They were thoughtful, kind, caring, friendly, with great sense of humor, yet serious in their connection to the ethos of professional development that was our trip’s purpose. I was struck over and over again by how they literally RAN to be in the right place to respond to any given situation.”— Constance , Traveling Faculty, Friends Seminary Colombia 2016