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 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
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:
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
to the organic farms and processing plants in
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
between the organic and conventional foods ?
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
William Lockeretz, University Tufts,
Dr Susane Padel,
Prof. Raffaele Zanoli,
Prof. dr Angelika Meier-Ploeger, Kassel University, Germany
Dr Bengt Lundegardh,
Application without any special form directly to:
Assoc. Prof. Ewa Rembialkowska
Organic Foodstuffs Division
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
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