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Unit 1 The Role of Organic, Local Produce in the Global Food System
May 26 - June 2 | Details | Apply Now
As of 2010, there were nearly 900 million people going hungry across the globe. In the United States, despite $60 billion spent yearly in government food nutrition programs, one in six children go hungry each month and 35 million people cannot ensure minimum daily caloric requirements, while about 1/3 of all adults are obese. Less than 1% of Americans farm for a living, and this number is decreasing. Unit 1 addresses... Read More
Unit 2 Pets, Pests, Livestock: The Value, Role & Treatment of Animals
June 2 - 9 | Details | Apply Now
Livestock production accounts for 70% of all agricultural land and 30% of the land surface of the planet. The livestock sector generates more greenhouse gas emissions as measured in CO2 equivalent – 18% – than transport. It is also a major source of land and water degradation. As the human population grows and the standard of living rises, so too does the demand for meat. Unit 2 considers... Read More
Unit 3 Digging and Drilling: Using Fossil Fuels & the Hope/Hype of Renewable Energy
June 9 - 16 | Details | Apply Now
We currently use 30 billion barrels of oil each year to fill the many needs that this finite natural resource fills. Oil consumption has nearly doubled since the 1970s, and is expected to increase by nearly 50% by 2030. This would lead to a rise of global energy-related CO2 emissions from nearly 30 to over to 40 billion tons in the next 20 years. As the future of oil... Read More
Unit 4 This Land is Your Land: Natural Resource Management In An Age of Over-Consumption
June 16 - 23 | Details | Apply Now
In the United States, the average person uses 80 gallons of water per day and produces 5 pounds of trash in that same time. As the standard of living rises, so too does the demand for natural resources. Responsible regional land use and resource management is critical if we are to ensure our continued ability to meet our most basic needs. Resource management in the Catskill Region... Read More
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