Brasil: Exploring Nutrition through Cuisine, Sustainability and Culture

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July 31 - August 21, 2015

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Continuing to accept applications on a space-available basis. Apply today!

Experience the beauty of Brazil through food and culture. This course will take students on a journey from São Paulo to Salvador to connect all aspects of food production and consumption to Brazilian culture. In São Paulo, you will get a taste of the melting pot culture of Brazil through local farmer's markets, and discover the importance of coffee in the Brazilian diet and daily life. You will visit the farmlands of the region and experience the agricultural practices, fish growing, and cattle farming. Continuing to Rio de Janeiro, students will examine how Portuguese culture and festivals, like Carnival, influence the food practices of the region. brazil_chapadaThe final segment brings students to Salvador for a glimpse into how geography and location impact food production. Students will also uncover the impact of slavery and cultural beliefs on food practices. The program will conclude with a reflective hike through the middle of Chapada Diamantina.

For complete information, see the tentative PDF iconsyllabus (PDF).

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Additional Application Instructions:

Please submit a 1-page essay describing your motivation for choosing this course, your goals, and your expectations. Address questions such as: "Why did you choose this course? What do you want to get out of this experience? What are your goals? What do you expect from this course?"

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Who Will Benefit:

Students interested in food systems highlighting nutrition, food security, and production and students with an interest in international agriculture.

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Program Leader:

Andrea Arikawa is a former adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition of the University of Minnesota. She currently lives in Jacksonville where she holds an assistant professor position in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of North Florida. Dr. Arikawa was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil and both her undergraduate and master's degrees are from the University of Sao Paulo.