With soaring food costs, one billion people going hungry every day, fast food and junk food causing malnutrition, obesity and health problems, food production based on fossil fuels contributing to global warming and climate change – with all these problems and more, the question of how to produce and supply healthy food for all is a burning issue of our time.
At IICD Michigan you will be involved in food production on several levels and from different perspectives. You will study the issues globally and locally, getting the facts and investigating the consequences for ordinary people. What is the cause of the obesity epidemic in our country, and why is the food we buy in supermarkets unhealthy and deﬁ cient in nutrients? What does it mean when giant corporations control food production with proﬁ t as their only goal? While working in the school’s garden farm, you will also learn how to plan and start garden farms as an important action when ﬁ ghting with The Poor in Africa or Latin America, and how to solve obstacles such as getting water for irrigation, making compost from local waste materials, and ﬁ ghting pests without using harmful poison or expensive fertilizers.
You will study and try out simple, efﬁcient and sustainable ways of increasing crop yield, so farmers can prevent soil erosion and utilize scarce water supplies on their land. You will get hold of solutions for ﬁ nancing, transporting and distributing ﬁ nished products, equipping yourself with these tools and others to put at the service of The Poor.
So look forward to getting your hands dirty and your brain busy on multiple fronts when it comes to food production.