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Feeding the World

This course will explore the concepts driving current food production science (population growth, urbanization, emerging affluence, resource constraints, and underlying biological limits) with the main focus on livestock production. Each of the major food animal species (dairy, swine, beef, and poultry) will be covered in terms of their universal life cycles, constraints to production and emerging societal issues.

Throughout the course, we will tackle some difficult and important questions:
What are the major health benefits and potential concerns regarding the production and consumption of animal products?
How does animal production affect the efficient use of resources and impact our environment?
Can cost of production be reduced to meet growing demand for animal products around the globe while maintaining health and safety for both animals and consumers?
What are the different types of animal food production systems?

Myths and misconceptions surrounding the animal food systems will be discussed. We’ll also look closely at some of the global issues, problems, and challenges in these food systems which scientists, farmers, and veterinarians, are attempting to solve through collaboration.

Lectures will be delivered by several experts from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine who are intimately involved in the study and advancement of animal production systems. The course is geared towards learners who seek a greater understanding of animal food systems as well as those who might have never visited an animal farm, but have a desire to learn more about where some of our food comes from and issues surrounding sustainability.

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University of Pennsylvania

Rating 4.8 based on 6 ratings
Length 9 weeks
Starts Jun 4 (29 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From University of Pennsylvania via Coursera
Instructors Dr. David Galligan, James Ferguson, Dr. David Galligan
Free Limited Content
Language English
Subjects Science Engineering Social Sciences
Tags Life Sciences Physical Science And Engineering Environmental Science And Sustainability Animals And Veterinary Science

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An overview of related careers and their average salaries in the US. Bars indicate income percentile (33rd - 99th).

Animal Keeper $30k

Animal Technician 2 $44k

Animal Care $45k

Animal Technician $49k

Animal trainer $51k

Animal Tech $52k

Animal Biologist $52k

Animal Handler $54k

Animal Caretaker 1 $62k

Animal Caretaker $66k

Animal Caretaker 2 $71k

Assistant Professor - Food Animal Medicine $145k

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Coursera

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University of Pennsylvania

Rating 4.8 based on 6 ratings
Length 9 weeks
Starts Jun 4 (29 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From University of Pennsylvania via Coursera
Instructors Dr. David Galligan, James Ferguson, Dr. David Galligan
Free Limited Content
Language English
Subjects Science Engineering Social Sciences
Tags Life Sciences Physical Science And Engineering Environmental Science And Sustainability Animals And Veterinary Science