Feeding the World

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About this 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 resour…

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About this 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.

Who is this class for: No prior knowledge of the many topics surrounding animal production farming is required to take this course. The content of this course is geared towards those who have an interest in food systems with or without experience in the subject.

Created by:  University of Pennsylvania
  • Taught by:  Dr. David Galligan, Professor of Animal Health Economics

    School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Taught by:  James Ferguson, Professor of Nutrition

    School of Veterinary Medicine
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University of Pennsylvania The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn) is a private university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. A member of the Ivy League, Penn is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, and considers itself to be the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies.

Syllabus


WEEK 1


Population Growth and Global Animal Industries



This module introduces the course by discussing the pressing need to address global food security as well as the accompanying challenges and ethical issues. We also explore the role that livestock play in the food production system and review trends in animal production.


10 videos expand


  1. Video: Feeding the World (About This Course)
  2. Video: Welcome to the Course
  3. Video: Global Food Security: What's the Status?
  4. Video: What About Livestock Systems? Part 1
  5. Video: What About Livestock Systems? Part 2
  6. Video: What are the Ethical Issues? Part 1
  7. Video: What are the Ethical Issues? Part 2
  8. Video: Mega Trends in Animal Production Part 1
  9. Video: Mega Trends in Animal Production Part 2
  10. Video: Demand for Animal Products

Graded: Population Growth and Global Food Security
Graded: Trends in Animal Production

WEEK 2


Issues Surrounding Animal Production



This module begins to explore the fundamental principles of animal production operations and the issues surrounding animal production. We will look at the efficiency and environmental impact of the food system as well as animal welfare concerns. Finally, we will discuss the importance of water as an essential resource for the food production system.


6 videos expand


  1. Video: "Livestock's Long Shadow"
  2. Video: "Long Shadow - Concerns"
  3. Video: Introduction to Animal Welfare
  4. Video: Land Use: Animal Feeding Systems and Major Food/Feed Crops
  5. Video: Water: The Essential Resource for the Food Industry Part 1
  6. Video: Water: The Essential Resource for the Food Industry Part 2

Graded: Livestock Issues in Food Security
Graded: Water as a Resource in Food Production

WEEK 3


Animal Feeds and the Environment



This module focuses on animal feeds and their important role in the animal production system. You will gain an understanding of the constituents in feed as well as how feed is classified. We will also examine and explain how nutrients flow through the environment. Finally, we will look at the problem of food waste and identify solutions.


9 videos expand


  1. Video: What are Concentrates and Proteins?
  2. Video: What are Roughages?
  3. Video: Feed Analysis
  4. Video: Nutrient Concentration in Modern Animal Systems
  5. Video: Nitrogen (N) in Food Production
  6. Video: The N/P Ratio Dilemma
  7. Video: Animal Manure: Waste or Resource
  8. Video: Feeding Management: Nutrient Source Control
  9. Video: Food Waste

Graded: Animal Feed Components and Their Analysis
Graded: Nutrients in Animal Production
Graded: Food Waste

WEEK 4


General Animal Production, Efficiency and Food Safety



This module continues the discussion of animal production operations by looking at factors that affect farms’ animal yields and environmental efficiency. We will also explore food safety, how and why antibiotics are used in food production, and the importance of veterinary medicine as part of the livestock system. Finally, we will look at the challenges of food security and livestock farming in the developing world.


7 videos expand


  1. Video: Animal Production Unit and Marginal Production
  2. Video: Food Safety, Elements of Concern - The Big Picture
  3. Video: Antibiotic Use in Livestock
  4. Video: Growth Promotion vs. Disease Prevention
  5. Video: Trends in Antibiotic Use
  6. Video: Rinderpest
  7. Video: Challenges of Food Security in the Developing World

Graded: The Animal Production Unit
Graded: Food Safety and Antibiotic Use
Graded: Livestock, Veterinary Medicine and Food Security

WEEK 5


Dairy Production



Welcome to the first week of the course which explores a particular animal production sector. The focus for this module will be dairy. The life cycle of a dairy cow as well as the environmental impact of dairy production will be covered. We'll also explore housing systems, milking technologies, trends and animal welfare issues in the dairy production system. Finally we will address public health concerns in dairy production including hormone use, antibiotic use, and milk safety in the U.S.


9 videos expand


  1. Video: Life Production Cycle of the Dairy Cow
  2. Video: Resource Use in Dairy Production
  3. Video: Example of Yield Impact on Water Use (Dairy)
  4. Video: Housing Systems in Dairy Production
  5. Video: Hand Milking to Robotics
  6. Video: Industry Trends in Dairy Production
  7. Video: Bovine Somatotropin BST
  8. Video: Are There Antibiotics in Milk?
  9. Video: Milk Safety in the U.S.

Graded: Life Cycle and Environmental Impact
Graded: U.S. Industry and Animal Welfare
Graded: Public Health

WEEK 6


Swine Production



This module will examine the life cycle of market hogs and mother sows in the U.S. swine production system. Swine housing and the rationale behind those facilities will be covered in addition to welfare and the trends and challenges currently affecting the swine industry.


4 videos expand


  1. Video: The Life Cycle of a Market Hog
  2. Video: The Life Cycle of a Mother Sow
  3. Video: Why are Most Pigs Raised Indoors?
  4. Video: Sow Housing and Welfare

Graded: Life Cycle and U.S. Industry
Graded: Animal Welfare

WEEK 7


Poultry Production
This module examines the production system and life cycle of U.S. poultry. We'll address animal welfare issues and emerging challenges and finish the week with a discussion about public health concerns related to the poultry production system.


4 videos expand


  1. Video: Poultry Production Systems
  2. Video: The U.S. Poultry Industry
  3. Video: Welfare/Husbandry Emerging Issues
  4. Video: Avian Influenza

Graded: Life Cycle and U.S. Industry
Graded: Animal Welfare
Graded: Public Health

WEEK 8


Beef Production



The final module of the course focuses on beef production systems. We will examine the production system and life cycle of U.S. beef cattle. Then, we'll address animal health as well as public health issues. Finally, we'll finish the week with a discussion about the international beef industry.


11 videos expand


  1. Video: The Beef Cow Life Cycle Part 1
  2. Video: The Beef Cow Life Cycle Part 2
  3. Video: United States Beef Industry Part 1
  4. Video: United States Beef Industry Part 2
  5. Video: U.S. Beef Industry - Animal Health Part 1
  6. Video: U.S. Beef Industry - Animal Health Part 2
  7. Video: U.S. Beef Industry - Animal Health Part 3
  8. Video: Implant Technology in Beef Production
  9. Video: International Beef Industry Part 1
  10. Video: International Beef Industry Part 2
  11. Video: Thank You! Concluding Thoughts
  12. Discussion Prompt: Reflecting on What You Have Learned

Graded: Life Cycle
Graded: U.S. Industry
Graded: Animal and Public Health
Graded: International Industry
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