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An Introduction to the U.S. Food System

Perspectives from Public Health

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 4.4 based on 21 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort 6 modules. Each contains approximately 2 hours of lecture, 30 minutes of reading, and a short quiz.
Starts Feb 11 (5 days ago)
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 in 7 reviews

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.

I learned a lot and grateful for all the information about our food systems.

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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.

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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.

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

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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 4.4 based on 21 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort 6 modules. Each contains approximately 2 hours of lecture, 30 minutes of reading, and a short quiz.
Starts Feb 11 (5 days ago)
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