of emerging issues in food safety, sustainable agriculture and biotechnology.
The course will examine both domestic and global pressures on the food supply.
Students will examine international policies that promote regional solutions
for a safe food supply and access to nutritious foods.
Goals & Objectives
Support student efforts to set personal goals for
Students will develop knowledge, skills and
competencies on issues relevant to a safe and equitable food supply.
the conclusion of this course the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate an application of basic knowledge and
skills regarding globalization of the food supply, food safety,
sustainable agriculture, and biotechnology.
- Demonstrate a foundation of skills that draw on
- Engage in team activities to build competency on
policy issues related to the food supply.
- Integrate Public Health Preparedness models into food
- Identify the trends in agricultural trade.
- Describe the influence of globalization on dietary
factors in developed and developing countries.
- Analyze the issues surrounding biodiversity and
- Identify the major risk factors for food borne
illness in the United States and processes for ensuring a safe food
- Conduct an in-depth review of recent foodborne illness outbreaks.
- Analyze international distribution of food and
standards for food safety.
- Analyze trends in food safety.
- Review the scientific foundation of biotechnology in
- Describe the political and social factors impacting
the implementation of biotechnology in agriculture.
- Identify scientific and social issues impacting
consumer perceptions of biotechnology in the US and international
markets regarding labeling.
- Analyze issues in the use of locally grown foods.
- Describe preparedness
activities related to biosecurity
- Analyze the
current structure of federal agencies involved with Homeland Security
and food safety.
Text: There is no assigned text for the course.
However see the readings page for recommended texts. Select excerpts
will be required from these texts.
Other required readings: see the readings web page
Students will be participating in teams
that review emerging areas of science. Teams will present to the class
contrasting approaches to food safety and sustainable agriculture topics then
lead the class to consensus. In addition to the team presentations,
there will also be lectures, readings and a summary paper.
note - the sequence of topics may change from
that provided in the syllabus. Advance notice will be provided should
changes in the schedule be necessary.
Presentation on an outbreak (Team Grade)
Summary paper on an outbreak
Discussions (see assignment page)
class rubric for grading criteria.
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