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About the Course

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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Feb 24, 2020

Excellent content covering the broad scope of U.S. and international livestock-based agriculture. This course addressed the many concerns that consumers have regarding animal products.


Mar 10, 2019

Coursera indeed has changed my life and empowered me the right skills for a better tomorrow .

i am gratefully appreciate you , for all you have done to bless us

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By Dean P

Sep 26, 2018

It's a great course if you want to learn how is the current agriulture system. It definetely doesn't adress how to feed the world. The world doesn't need more meat. We need more education on what to eat. A plant based diet would seem the only way, with once or twice per week meat consumption MAXIMUM. So we need less meat and better life quality for animals. Also, we don't need dairy. Why the f*ck do adult homo sapiens need to drink cow's milk? that's rediculous. The only way to feed the world (and not cause them heart attacks) is to figure out how to increase edible plant production and there are ways to do this that can work. WE NEED A SHIFT IN OUR MENTALITY. LESS MEAT, NO DAIRY AND MORE PLANTS.

By Claude A

Jan 2, 2019

Title is somewhat misleading. The course is primarily about the commodity beef industry.

By Mohammed H M A

Apr 30, 2020

I had a great time studying my wonderful course, which gave me information about feeding the world. I was missing it, and I hope that you will add a course in commercial poultry production for broiler, layer and breeder with focused on nutrition and diets balanced Formulation.

By Abdirahim A A

Mar 11, 2019

Coursera indeed has changed my life and empowered me the right skills for a better tomorrow .

i am gratefully appreciate you , for all you have done to bless us

By Yunus K

Mar 5, 2019

Fantastic Course! I was so pleased to participate in a course on Feeding the World and to learn it's reality. Thanks to all who put this course on.

By Claudia d P M M

Jan 20, 2020

I´m really thankful about this course because as a Veterinarian, it gave me the key points about production systems in a global context and had reforced to me the idea to get involved in a work referent to animal production. All the topics were meaningful to me and I think they are very necessaire to understand the principles of food production. The topic about water caused a change in my thoughts about scarcity because I had a different idea about it and now I know i´t not a real shortage but a bad handling of the resource. As a consumer I really hate to waste food or throw it up if it's still being able to eat it and this course had reforced that concept in me, and I will apply it to my family in order to give them awareness about food.

By Assel P

Oct 14, 2022

Отличный курс о роли кормов в получении качественной и безопасной продукции животноводства, очень рада что прошла эти курсы от Пенсильванского университета! Благодарю всех преподавателей за замечательный позновательный курс, надеюсь что благодаря курсу я смогу получить повышение в должности и долгожданную премию. Очень признательна!!! Приобретайте курс, не пожалеете о потраченном времени, действительно стоящий и очень интересный!

By Muhammad W

Apr 4, 2024

The course was really informative and it enhanced my knowledge regarding the production of different type of farm animals and their role as a source of quality protein for human food. I am thankful to Coursera and Penn state University for providing me non credit course and helped me to learn new things.


Jul 5, 2021

Excelente curso. sencillo y dinámico. De fácil comprensión nos da una visión muy amplia sobre la importancia de la intensificación de sistemas de producción animal.

Me gustaría que existiera curso anexos sobre el sector agrícola y del los subproductos agroindustriales los diferentes usos.

By fatai A

May 28, 2020

Topic somehow misleading but later got the message. Excellent and inspiring tutors, beautiful and simplify course contents and has added a greater value to my humble self in the field of livestock production. One of the best online courses. Thanks for the privilege.

By neha b

Apr 21, 2020

It was a pleasure going through the the course. Garnering so much knowledge surged my confidence. The course has opened another career option that would be promising to pursue. Thank you Feeding the World team.

By Matthew G N

Feb 25, 2020

Excellent content covering the broad scope of U.S. and international livestock-based agriculture. This course addressed the many concerns that consumers have regarding animal products.

By Sylvie B

Jul 25, 2020

Such a wide diversity of topics presented by a wide diversity of teachers. Right level of information, quantitative and qualitative, for an introductory course.

By Agna S S

Nov 29, 2022

Excellent course, very enlightening and will certainly contribute to my professional and personal growth. Thanks so much for this opportunity!

By heidy y a m

Apr 30, 2021

since i take the course, I had been more responsable with the enviroment , and now I am looking they way to help the farmers of my country

By Paola G

Jan 4, 2018

very interesting, with a lot of clear explanation. I have really appreciated the pdf of slides for every lesson

By Muhammad A B

Oct 17, 2021

It provide a lot of information about feeding the world like food safety, food security and much more.

By Laura C

Jul 20, 2020

VERY easy to understand, well paced, and has a wonderful array of educators with relevant credentials.

By Deleted A

Apr 22, 2020

It was great time doing this courses.But it would be helpful if I could get this certificate free


Jul 28, 2017

exceptionally interesting course, with a lot I personally found vital to know. thanks so much!

By James C

Feb 1, 2022

This course support the variety of topics related to animal industry and food chain system.

By Pauline

Sep 20, 2020

This is a relevant course even for animal health practitioners.

By rachel v

May 12, 2020

I loved this class! I learned so much and it taught so well

By Memory R

May 31, 2022

Great foundation for understanding the beef industry!!

By Edip A

Jan 7, 2018

Excellent course, excellent teacher. Thanks very much.