Georgia, USA

Food Production & Sustainability in the American South–IHP Food Systems (3 wks)

Get an in-depth look at how communities in the US South are responding to global challenges of food insecurity, environmental health, and social justice.

At a Glance






Oct 1 ‎– Oct 21

Program Countries

United States

Program Base

Georgia, USA

Critical Global Issue of Study

Climate & Environment

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Development & Inequality

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As the largest city in the Southeast and a center of both civil rights activism and Southern hospitality, Atlanta provides the ideal base to begin your study of US food systems. With access to the nation’s first land grant university, the University of Georgia in Athens, and excursions to agricultural heartlands in the southwest and coastal regions of Georgia, students will gain a comprehensive view of US agriculture. This includes learning both long-standing and innovative techniques in crop and livestock production, interrogating diverse conditions of labor, and collaborating on the practice of food justice with those working to cultivate progressive foodways. Students will study social and environmental spaces of the New South, using foodways as a tool for understanding political and economic histories of the US.



  • Investigate the history and legacy of plantation agriculture in the US economy
  • Compare models of sustainable agriculture in both rural and urban settings
  • Explore the cultural diversity and culinary traditions of the US South
  • Examine critical local and global supply chains and the relationships between producers and consumers



Course Sites


Study the history of plantation agriculture, and its transformation into today’s industrial agricultural complex. Start in Atlanta, the historic center of civil rights activism. Travel to Athens and tour a top-ranked school of agriculture to understand innovative farming techniques. Visit the agricultural heartlands of the US South—a region known cuisine and community. Meet sixth generation farmers in Bluffton, Georgia, practicing regenerative land management and explore a former plantation, once a part of the largest slaveholding estate in Georgia and now owned cooperatively by the nation’s first community land trust. Tour large-scale vegetable farms and cattle operations and discuss what it means to be an “American farm.”

Please note that SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, however, SIT may have to change or cancel programs.



The following syllabi are representative of this program. Because courses develop and change over time to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, actual course content will vary from term to term.

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Program Components

  • Study food systems in a face-to-face, immersive setting
  • Learn about regenerative land management and innovative farming techniques
  • Trace the history of plantation agriculture into today’s industrial agricultural system
  • Examine social and environmental spaces of the New South through the lens of food systems

Food Production, Sustainability & Social Justice in the American South


Students will be housed in hostels, guest houses, and small hotels.

Career Paths

  • Agriculture and food production, distribution, management

  • Nonprofit management

  • Government

  • Sustainability and climate change

Faculty & Staff

Georgia, USA: Food Production & Sustainability in the American South–IHP Food Systems (3 wks)

Joseph Lanning, PhD

Discover the Possibilities


    The total cost for this program is $4,300, including tuition and room & board. Financial aid may apply. Contact your study abroad office or SIT Admissions for more information.