An Introduction to the U.S. Food System: Perspectives from Public Health

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An Introduction to the U.S. Food System: Perspectives from Public Health

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Coursera's online classes are designed to help students achieve mastery over course material. Some of the best professors in the world - like neurobiology professor and author Peggy Mason from the University of Chicago, and computer science professor and Folding@Home director Vijay Pande - will supplement your knowledge through video lectures. They will also provide challenging assessments, interactive exercises during each lesson, and the opportunity to use a mobile app to keep up with your coursework. Coursera also partners with the US State Department to create “learning hubs” around the world. Students can get internet access, take courses, and participate in weekly in-person study groups to make learning even more collaborative. Begin your journey into the mysteries of the human brain by taking courses in neuroscience. Learn how to navigate the data infrastructures that multinational corporations use when you discover the world of data analysis. Follow one of Coursera’s “Skill Tracks”. Or try any one of its more than 560 available courses to help you achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Explore how food intersects with public health and the environment as it moves from field to plate.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 2 months ago
I was taking this class purely out of interest and it was FASCINATING. Seriously, I enjoyed this course all the way through, from week-to-week my interest never wavered as is so common with MOOCs. Lots of interesting, well- informed speakers and lots of detailed figures presented without being overwhelming. They really get into the industrial agricultural systems of the U.S. in an objective (note, that doesn't mean neutral) way. They have a number of guest lecturers that are all also very informative. If it's offered again, I highly recommend it to everyone, it could really change the way you think about the food you eat.
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6 years, 7 months ago
An outstanding, thorough course covering the US food system from a variety of angles. But if you're not in the US, the course still has lots for you because we all rely on food, right? An Introduction to the US Food System isn't a necessarily difficult class, but it does require you to engage your mind and it also requires a certain time commitment. Perhaps, like others who took this class, you will find that the information presented even leads you to change the way you eat. Perhaps, like myself and others, you already try to eat a whole foods diet with low or no animal products, there's still much more to learn. The presentations were thorough and enlightening, on subjects such as Food Animal Production to the Farm Bill and segments on Meatless Monday. I appreciated the segment on the Farm Bill because it presented an important aspect for average citizens and those living in the US to change the system ~ via congresspersons and gro... An outstanding, thorough course covering the US food system from a variety of angles. But if you're not in the US, the course still has lots for you because we all rely on food, right? An Introduction to the US Food System isn't a necessarily difficult class, but it does require you to engage your mind and it also requires a certain time commitment. Perhaps, like others who took this class, you will find that the information presented even leads you to change the way you eat. Perhaps, like myself and others, you already try to eat a whole foods diet with low or no animal products, there's still much more to learn. The presentations were thorough and enlightening, on subjects such as Food Animal Production to the Farm Bill and segments on Meatless Monday. I appreciated the segment on the Farm Bill because it presented an important aspect for average citizens and those living in the US to change the system ~ via congresspersons and groups working to change aspects of the bill. In all, An Introduction to the US Food System is a great course for those who want information about how food is produced, what's going on with our resources and how the average person can help make the best choices for her own self ~ both in choosing foods and getting involved in changing the system. There are no prerequisites other than an interest in the subject and an open mind. I walked away with a greater interest in the food I feed myself and my family. Recommended for anyone.
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