Special Subject: Building Technology— Food for Thought: Exploring the impact of our diets on the health of our planet

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This seminar explores the environmental impacts of our food choices and their potential mitigation through high-yield urban agriculture. Weekly sessions will initially guide students through the process of quantifying their individual, food-related carbon emissions. During the second half of the class, students will work in groups to develop a low carbon food concept for a neighborhood of their choice, relying on MIT’s building integrated agriculture simulation tool HARVEST. Our analysis will include a series of impact studies from replacing current modes of agriculture with new technologies such as meat replacements and hydroponic farms and cover economic viability, local jobs created and system-level carbon emissions.