In June 2015, a coalition of six Pan-African activist networks launched #StoptheBleeding Africa in Nairobi, Kenya to curb the hemorrhage of resources from the African continent. As the #BlackLivesMatter movement continues to gain strength in the United States, this Pan-African coalition came together to expose and mobilize global support to end illicit financial flows – money that is illegally earned, transferred or used. Estimates of illegal transactions in Africa show a loss of at least $50 billion to $80 billion in wealth every year, a figure that would be incalculably more if transfers made legal by loopholes and unfair treaties were included. Some flows are only seen as “legal” because the laws are written and interpreted by those profiting from the system. Nevertheless, the outflow of clearly illegal funds is far greater than the estimated $40 billion a year that Africa receives in official development assistance.
This course will examine the ways in which humans manipulate—and have been manipulated by—the organisms we depend on for food. We will begin by discussing the nature of food, and the genetics, evolution, breeding and molecular engineering of domesticated plants and animals. The second part of the course concerns the biology, technology, and politics of food production and the ways in which food affects human health. Dr. Scott Poethig University of Pennsylvania View Syllabus