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Suggested: 6 modules. Each contains approximately 2 hours of lecture, 30 minutes of reading, and a short quiz....
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Approx. 16 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 modules. Each contains approximately 2 hours of lecture, 30 minutes of reading, and a short quiz....
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Is Climate Change Vindicating Malthus? Food Security and the Right to Food

Welcome to our short course on the U.S. food system. In this first series of lectures, we dig into the very important concepts of food systems, food security and intergenerational equity and begin to explore what we eat, how that food is produced, and how our dietary choices impact our health and the health of the planet. This broad overview lecture lays the foundation for the rest of the course. ...
Reading
10 videos (Total 102 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video10 videos
The Vicious Spiral and the CLF Concept Model I (Lawrence)9m
The Vicious Spiral and the CLF Concept Model II (Lawrence)13m
The Vicious Spiral and the CLF Concept Model III (Lawrence)7m
Food Production, the Ecosystem, Diet, and Public Health I (Lawrence)9m
Food Production, the Ecosystem, Diet, and Public Health II (Lawrence)13m
Food Production, the Ecosystem, Diet, and Public Health III (Lawrence)9m
Intergenerational Equity and the Right to Food I (Lawrence)8m
Intergenerational Equity and the Right to Food II (Lawrence)9m
Intergenerational Equity and the Right to Food III (Lawrence)12m
Reading5 readings
Course Syllabus10m
Optional Textbook, "Intro to US Food System: Health, Environment and Equity"5m
Pre-Course Survey10m
Optional: Research Study on MOOC participation5m
Week 1 Readings and Resources15m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 1 Quiz (required)30m
Week
2
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Food System Sustainability and Resilience

This lesson expands on the concepts of food system sustainability and resilience, and describes strategies that could dramatically improve the food system and the ability of future generations to feed themselves....
Reading
5 videos (Total 81 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Converging Crises (Neff)18m
Wasted Food: Putting 40% of Our Food Supply in the Landfill (Neff)9m
What We Can Do: Policy, Sustainable Diets, and More (Neff)17m
Food Resilience: No Regrets; Conclusions: Don’t Press Snooze! (Neff)17m
Reading1 reading
Module 2 Readings and Resources15m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 2 Quiz (required)30m
Week
3
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Ecological Perspectives on Food Production

The 1938 USDA Yearbook of Agriculture stated, “Essentially, all life depends upon the soil ... There can be no life without soil and no soil without life; they have evolved together”. In this module, we will take a very brief look at the importance of methods of food production for sustainability, resilience, food security and health....
Reading
7 videos (Total 79 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Soil Composition (Kim)6m
Soil Ecosystem Services (Kim)4m
Soil Degradation (Kim)10m
Soil Conservation Measures (Kim)11m
Modern Agriculture (Kirschenmann)20m
Limits to Therapeutic Intervention (Kirschenmann)12m
Reading1 reading
Week 3: Readings and Resources15m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 3 Quiz (required)30m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Food Animal Production and Public Health

We will now examine the livestock and seafood industries, which we have touched on in previous modules as a key driver of the global food system. As incomes rise around the world, so too does the global collective appetite for meat. Some of our greatest challenges and debates of the 21st century are rooted in the rising demand for animal protein in an era of dwindling resources and climate change. NOTE: This lecture refers to other lectures offered in this or related full for-credit courses at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 99 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
What Are We Feeding Food Animals?17m
Antibiotic Use in Industrial Food Animal Production22m
International Food Animal Production4m
How Much Seafood Do People Eat, and Which Do We Eat Most?12m
How and Where Is Seafood Caught and Produced?6m
How Does Seafood Production Impact the Environment and Public Health?25m
Reading1 reading
Module 4 Readings and Resources15m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 4 Quiz (required)30m
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Top Reviews

By RDApr 29th 2018

Loved it! I recommend it to anyone new to public health, horticulture, agriculture, farming, agroecology and the like. I wish I took this course sooner. A+

By YFAug 28th 2017

I really enjoyed learning about all the different aspect surrounding the U.S. food system. The video lectures were very clear and informative!

Instructors

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Keeve Nachman, PhD, MHS

Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
Bloomberg School of Public Health
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Robert S. Lawrence, MD

Professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences
Bloomberg School of Public Health
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Pamela Rhubart Berg

Food Systems Education Program Manager
Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering

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