SUNY Cobleskill announced the launch of a new degree program Monday that will train students in the “processes, businesses and policies” of the food system, from farm to dinner plate.
The baccalaureate program, “Food Systems & Technology,” will teach students about food systems around the world and the technologies, both existing and emerging, that make them work.
Associate professor of agricultural business management Jason Evans called the program “unique in the country.”
“True to the college’s ‘Real Life, Real Learning’ mantra and its commitment to experiential education, students will work with farm and food businesses and within SUNY Cobleskill’s culinary, processing and agricultural facilities to learn how to produce, manage and innovate within the global food system,” he said in a statement.
According to an announcement from the university, the program was created in response to a growing demand for professionals who understand the complex food production and distribution process.
It will consist of three academic cores — Food Systems Management, Food Science & Production, and Sustainability— which will lean heavily on hands-on experience at the university’s Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources.
The program also aims to prepare students to enter the fields of food systems research, advocacy or education.
“SUNY Cobleskill is, once again, leading the way in our role as a premier steward of sustainability, through launching the only Food Systems & Technology program in the SUNY System,” said SUNY Cobleskill president Marion Terenzio. “Our program will be among the leaders in setting the course to ensure that the ever-changing global food system is part of a global sustainability solution rather than the problem.”