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One Health for Sustainable Food Production


Greg Wlasiuk – February 7, 2020

Researchers at WIFSS and WCFS, located at the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Sara Garcia, Dr. Bennie Osburn, and, Dr. Michele Jay-Russell, took steps forward in advancing food safety and security by publishing an article on applying the One Health approach to sustainable food production.

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Role of One Health practitioners

One Health is the concept that the health of humans, animals, and the environment are interconnected and a One Health approach consists of multidisciplinary teams working together to solve complex problems to improve health, society, and safeguard natural resources.

The article argues that, in order to achieve food security for the global population, preserve natural resources, and improve health through safeguarding food safety, there is a need for increased awareness among academics, producers, consumers, and government agencies on the concepts of One Health. In addition, there is an urgency to incorporate these concepts into the curriculum for scientific programs, including agricultural and medical, engineering, and humanities.

The goal is to establish networks that will work toward improving public health, food safety, and sustainable agriculture by establishing new perspectives on interactions among plants, animals, and humans and recognizing the threat of disasters and transboundary diseases impacting food security.

Read the full article here: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fsufs.2020.00001/full