The Farm to Table Study Program: Uruguay 2009 was successfully completed on Friday, October 30, 2009, meeting the course objective to develop understanding of the beef and dairy cattle-related food systems in Uruguay, in comparison to the US and other countries, and its impacts on animal health and welfare, food safety, and public health. In addition, the course provided the opportunity to appreciate the global integration of food systems and promoted collaborative group leadership through network building opportunities.
This study program was a successful collaborative effort organized by the University of Minnesota, the Ohio State University, the Universidad de la Republica in Uruguay, and the Uruguay Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture, and Fishery.
Eleven individuals completed the study program led by five instructors, with representation from five countries in North and South America.
Farm to Table 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
In five intensive days of experiential learning, the group visited 12 establishments across southern Uruguay, from an extensive beef cattle operation, to a specialty cheese processor, to a highly sophisticated world class meat processing plant. Each day was summarized with group round-table discussions with perspectives provided by program participants sharing their diverse experiences and opinions. Fluid cultural and social interchange also occurred during the course, with communication between participants in their native languages providing an enriching experience. Participants were required to summarize the knowledge and experience they acquired throughout the week in a final interactive workshop with local colleagues.