HFX130B Basic Animal Science/ Module B - Challenges for Future Food Production
Check for course changes due to the coronavirus outbreak on Canvas and StudentWeb.
Showing course contents for the educational year starting in 2016 .
Course responsible: Erling Thuen
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Biosciences
Teaching language: NO
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
January block (week 2 - 4 )
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2010H
The main challenges for agriculture is to produce sufficient and safe food in a sustainable way for a growing population with changing dietary habits, under uncertain climatic, economic and geopolitical conditions. These main challenges will be elaborated through lectures on: - Historical ideas on agriculture, trade and society through changing times - The resource base for food production globally and nationally - The emergence of agricultural policies - International trade regimes - Developments in the South and assistance from North to South - The origin of our main crops - Plants for food and feed - The resource base and production systems in plant production - Sustainable production systems - Animal products' impact on global and national food production - Animal Productions in an environmental and climate perspective - Bio-economy - profit and sustainability in the green shift - Dietary effects on human health
Students will have basic knowledge and coherent understanding about national and global food production.
Be able to use this knowledge in their further studies at NMBU
Enable the students to actively participate in the public debate about the challenges we face.
- Student presentations based on the lectures
Chrsitian Anton Smedshaug, 2012 "Kan jordbruket fø verden"? Universitetsforlaget, 2nd. edition.
Åsmund Bjørnstad, 2012 "Vårt daglige brød. Kornets kulturhistorie" Vidarforlget AS. Selected chapters.
Power Point presentations
Final written exam, 3 hours. Grade A-F
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Allowed examination aids: No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: Written exam: A - E / Ikke bestått