Human Aspects in Organic Farming

 Welcome to the course

 Welcome to the Socrates course Human Aspects in Organic Farming (6 ECTS), at WAU Warszawa,
the 13th to the 26th of July 2003.


    The objective is to give students an introduction to historical and philosophical aspects,

 socio-economic aspects and nutrition and health aspects of Ecological Agriculture (i.e.

 Human Aspects in Organic Farming) and contribute to student ability to handle

 interdisciplinary complex issues in organic farming. Another objective is to promote the

 creation of an international group of students interested in organic farming for long term

 exchange of knowledge, ideas and experiences.


    The course consist of student preparations with literature reading and preparation of

 presentations. At SLU the course weeks are based on lectures, group work, and seminars

 and excursions. The development of organic farming in Europe and its relation to

 philosophical and ethical issues will be addressed as well as aspects of worldview of

 consumers and farmers today. The socio-economic framework, including policy issues,

 trade aspects, institutional support of organic farming will be emphasised. Learning

 aspects such as participatory research and the linking of consumers and producers will

 be discussed. Different perspectives and criteria on food quality as well as the relation

 between production methods and human health will be addressed.

      Programme of the course:

   Date                                                                   Topic

 12th July Saturday            Arrival

13th - 14th July                 Origin and evolution of organic farming; changing philosophical and ethical aspects

15th - 16th July                 Policy and socio-economic impacts on OF development

17th July                         Marketing of organic foods and the consumer; trade, globalisation, WTO Agreement and EU policy

18th July                          Own work of students & evaluation of week 1

19th July                          Excursion to the organic farms and processing plants in Poland

21st July                         Holistic criteria of food quality

                                     Nutrition and food quality interactions with the environment and the society

22nd July                        Food quality and human health ; contaminants in food - sources and health effects

23rd July                         Differences between the organic and conventional foods ? Germany & Poland

24th July                         Evolutionary aspects of human diet; nutritional balance in plants and organic cultivation

25th July                         Own work of students - preparation of group projects

26th July                        Group presentations & evaluation of week 2

27th July, Sunday            Departure

Participating Teachers

Prof. William Lockeretz, University Tufts, USA

Dr Susane Padel, University of Wales, Great Britain

PhD student Rhiannon Pyburn, Wageningen University, Netherlands

Prof. Raffaele Zanoli, University of Ancona, Italy

Prof. dr Angelika Meier-Ploeger, Kassel University, Germany

Assoc. Prof. Ewa Rembialkowska, Warsaw Agricultural University, Poland

Dr Bengt Lundegardh, Swedish University of Agric. Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden


 Application without any special form directly to:

Assoc. Prof. Ewa Rembialkowska

Organic Foodstuffs Division

Warsaw Agricultural University

02-787 Warszawa

Nowoursynowska street 159 C, Poland


 Last application date is the 1st of May, but latecomers will be considered in case of

 space in the course and accommodation.

Accommodation, food and travel

 Accommodation will be offered by Warsaw Agricultural University and free for the

 students from the partner universities of the European Socrates network in Ecological Agriculture.

    Lunches will be organised at University and paid by students (price about 4 Euro). Breakfasts and dinners will be organised by the students themselves in a student house (all facilities available).

   Travel should be paid by the students or by their Home University.

 Read the whole course description

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