The vast majority of recent emerging or re-emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic – that is they are transmitted from animals to humans.
Since the 1990s the world has experienced the emergence of a number of lethal and alarming zoonotic diseases such as BSE (Mad Cow Disease), Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (Bird Flu), Nipah and Hendra viruses and, the ongoing Ebola outbreak. These diseases appeared to have been unanticipated, but scientific data could have helped prescient the contributions that global changes (such as demographic transitions, human settlement and land use and an increasingly complex and interconnected world) have made to create the perfect environment for such a catastrophic outbreak.
So, how do human societies continue to develop along with their associated food, social, cultural and economic systems whilst reducing or avoiding the drivers for an emerging epidemic? Can we avoid what some think is an inevitability? In response to this threat is the paradigm of One Health, which is an emerging international field of research and practice combining human, animal and ecosystem health. This talk will provide a view on the some of the changes that contribute to emerging / re-emerging zoonotic diseases and provide an insight into approaches that must be adopted if we are to avoid the “next big one”.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Dr Simon Reid is an epidemiologist with an interest in research to improve the detection and control of infectious diseases with a particular emphasis on zoonotic diseases such as leptospirosis and influenza. His international experience (both research and programmatic) includes PNG, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Fiji and most of the other countries in SE Asia. His past research included th edevelopment and validation of a number of diagnostic assays and the development of a bio-economic model to predict the outcomes (financial, biological and demographic) of control interventions for trypanosomiasis in livestock in the Philippines.
Food Security Discussion Series
"The ethics of the organic movement in the food security challenge" by Estève Giraud, Business Ethicist, UQ Business School
Tues, 26 May
1.00 – 2.00 pm
Room 275, GCI Building (# 20)
Abstract: On the US, Australian and European market, the certified organic products benefit from an ethical halo effect. Yet, the continuous growth in the consumption of these products worldwide has come with more scepticism. The scepticism from the purists, strongly attached to the origins of the organic movement, deplores a mercantilism encouraged by the perspectives of a new market, sometimes as a constructive criticism, sometimes as a dividing voice within the proponents. More/ ...