Agrosecurity is a senior level undergraduate course designed to increase awareness of the issues and vulnerabilities of the US agricultural system to natural and manmade disasters as well as deliberate acts of sabotage. Students will gain an appreciation for the complicated interconnectedness of agricultural production, infectious diseases, economics, politics, and society.
Students will work in small teams to develop an "attack plan", identifying a susceptible commodity species, an agent (pathogen, toxin, chemical, condition, etc), and a plausible scenario that would result in damage or loss of the vulnerable commodity. Teams will then be given the scenarios developed by classmates, and asked to develop a "defense plan".
This course satisfies 3 credits of the GEP IP requirements
- Determine agents of the greatest concern to animal and plant species
- Identify a potential attack/outbreak and the consequences for US agriculture
- Develop possible plan(s) to prevent and/or respond to a potential outreak
- Understand the complex biological, economic, political, and social implications of an outbreak and its response
Historical of agriculture as a weapon
Agrosecurity is taught using a combination of in class group discussion, online exercises, online discussion forums, and in class lecture. The course is led by Dr. Matt Koci, with the significant contributions by experts working to protect our food and public health systems.
Julie Casani, MD, MPH
Public Health Preparedness & Response Branch
NC Dept of Health and Human Services
Bruce Akers, DVM
Regional Veterinary Specialist
NCDA&CS, Emergency Programs Division
Emergency Programs Specialist
NCCD&CS, Emergency Programs Division
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Dr. Matt Koci
Prestage Department of Poultry Science
363 Scott Hall