Food and Agricultural Standards

The specialization in Food and Agricultural Standards is designed for graduate students who want to explore connections among the political, ethical, strategic, and technical considerations presented by food and agricultural standards.

Students participating in the specialization program:

  • develop their understanding of the relationships that connect science and technology to the creation, maintenance, and modification of agrifood standards;
  • explore the ethical and value issues raised by standards in domestic and international agricultural production, processing, and marketing;
  • study the cultural and sociopolitical dynamics surrounding the development, maintenance, and change of agrifood standards;
  • consider the policy implications of global agrifood standards, including how the process of standards creation and implementation may be made more accountable, transparent, and democratic.

This specialization is jointly administered by the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the College of Social Science. The College of Social Science is the primary administrative unit.

For more information, contact:

Lawrence Busch
Department of Sociology
Michigan State University
509 E Circle Drive, Room 422A 
Berkey Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824
Telephone: 517-355-3396