Friday, February 01, 2013

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

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is offering a free (6-week) online course on U.S. Food System.

An Introduction to the U.S. Food System: Perspectives from Public Health
Robert S. Lawrence, Keeve Nachman
Explore how food intersects with public health and the environment as it moves from field to plate.

About the Course 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. Through several case studies, 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 and agriculture.

The course started on Jan. 23, but you can still enroll (and view past sessions)  Enroll Here

Here is an endorsement from Bread member Ruth Farrell this past Wednesday (Jan. 30)
It is at one's own pace and they estimate 4-6 hours/week so you could still sign up this week and catch up with me!!  They said 20,000 (and you read correctly 20,000 people are enrolled).  People care that there is hunger in our nation and they care about the quality of food that is available to those with low incomes. 

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