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An Introduction to the U.S. Food System

A food system encompasses the activities, people and resources involved in getting food from field to plate. Along the way, it intersects with aspects of public health, equity and the environment. In this course, we will provide a brief introduction to the U.S. food system and how food production practices and what we choose to eat impacts the world in which we live. We will discuss some key historical and political factors that have helped shape the current food system and consider alternative approaches from farm to fork. The course will be led by a team of faculty and staff from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. Guest lecturers will include experts from a variety of disciplines, including public health, policy and agriculture.
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Rating 4.5 based on 25 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort 6 modules. Each contains approximately 2 hours of lecture, 30 minutes of reading, and a short quiz.
Starts Nov 28 (last week)
Cost $49
From Johns Hopkins University via Coursera
Instructors Keeve Nachman, PhD, MHS, Robert S. Lawrence, MD, Pamela Rhubart Berg
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Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Science Personal Development
Tags Social Sciences Life Sciences Governance And Society Nutrition Public Health

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food system

This course contains a wealth of important information about how the US food system works, and how it can be improved on all levels from consumers to farming practices to government regulations.

I think I was expecting a more dry course on the US food system, but it actually ended up being quite interesting and focused a lot on different aspects of the food system which are problematic.

Good, basic course for someone not familiar with the US food system.

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current large scale agribusiness

The theme of the course is sustainability, and the threats to both food supply and the environment from from current large scale agribusiness farming methods, loss of biodiversity, excessive use of poisons, and excessive reliance of animal products for food.

animal stock or ethanol

He talks about the ample food crop for the planet's population but the diversion of crop to use for animal stock or ethanol as threats to sustainability.

sometimes even shocking insights

Great course full of deep, provocative and sometimes even shocking insights about the subject.

subject matter - excellently

life changing subject matter - excellently presented.

without getting too focused

For an introductory course into the food system it covered many different topics without getting too focused on any one thing, and I hope they decide to add more courses that focus on these different topics so we can learn about them on a deeper level.

hope they decide

really enjoyed learning

I really enjoyed learning about all the different aspect surrounding the U.S. food system.

urban farming/community gardening

Working for the non profit that I do and involved in urban farming/community gardening, it makes me feel that we're on the right track.

farm bill

This course contains a wealth of information concerning the U.S. food policies from the history of the Farm Bill to cultural and subjective norms that determine our food choices.

mostly terrific

Mostly terrific lectures.

well designed

Well designed, well thought out, well presented.

Careers

An overview of related careers and their average salaries in the US. Bars indicate income percentile.

Food Department $28k

Food cook $31k

Food Processor $39k

Fast Food $42k

Food demonstrator $49k

Food and Beverage 2 $51k

Food Scientist (Food Solutions) $53k

Food $62k

Food Chemist $66k

Food Professional $66k

Food Science $86k

Assistant Food Safety and Quality Assurance System Administrator $91k

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Rating 4.5 based on 25 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort 6 modules. Each contains approximately 2 hours of lecture, 30 minutes of reading, and a short quiz.
Starts Nov 28 (last week)
Cost $49
From Johns Hopkins University via Coursera
Instructors Keeve Nachman, PhD, MHS, Robert S. Lawrence, MD, Pamela Rhubart Berg
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Science Personal Development
Tags Social Sciences Life Sciences Governance And Society Nutrition Public Health

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