Livestock & Infectious Diseases

Research on livestock includes increasing productivity, reducing infectious and other disease and improving animal welfare. Farm animals harbour important human diseases, of which perhaps the most threatening is avian flu.

Earlier this year, the Environmental Change Institute’s (ECI’s) food systems group held the First Oxford Meeting on Food System Impact Valuation. The Meeting, on the 11 and 12 of April 2017, brought together representatives from some of the world’s largest food companies, civil society, and academia, to discuss standardised and pre-competitive measurement and monetary valuation of environmental, social and health impacts from food systems.
 
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By Dr Elin RöösSwedish University of Agricultural Sciences & visitor at the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford

"What role of grazing livestock in a world of climate change and diet-related disease?" was the overarching question being discussed at an event in Bristol last week organised by the Sustainable Food Trust (SFT).

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CHEW: China's Health, Environment and Welfare Research Group is pleased to announce Oxford's first screening of a new documentary that examines the rapidly increasing consumption of animal-based foods in China:

What's For Dinner

Date: Monday, February 16

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Vanue: Wadham College, Parks Road, OX1 3PN Oxford, Oxfordshire

'What's for Dinner?' is a 29-minute documentary by award-winning independent filmmaker Jian Yi, co-produced by US 'action tank' Brighter Green and dGenerate Films. Through interviews with pig farmers, abbatoir operators, livestock entrepreneurs and environmentalists, this film offers a unique look into China’s rapidly changing food and agricultural landscape and sheds light on some of its consequences for public health, sustainability, the environment, climate change, and animal welfare. Much of the footage documents places, people, and events that have never been filmed before in China.

The screening will be introduced by Mia MacDonald, Executive Director of Brighter Green and Senior Fellow at Worldwatch Institute. Isabel Hilton, Editor of chinadialogue.net and international journalist and broadcaster, will offer comments.

Meet at Wadham College lodge at 6pm to be taken through to the Gillese-Badun room in the MCR.

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The 2017 Oxford Food Forum seeks to showcase diverse understandings of the food system that break down traditional silos constraining connectivity between people, places, and problems within the food system.

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The initial media reaction to our AHRC-funded research was scathing: we “caused a flap”. Yet our work on the 'Cultural and Scientific Perceptions of Human-Chicken Interactions' and our GCRF 'Going Places' projects has demonstrated that chickens are fundamentally important, in differing ways, for diverse segments of society. This final free event integrates the results of all our research to reveal the economic, social and cultural impact of chickens through time and space. What do these results mean for the future of human-animal-environmental well-being?

Come find out!

 

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Michaelmas 2013 Seminar Series
‘Demography, Agriculture & Food’

The Oxford Institute of Population Ageing holds Seminars every Thursday throughout Term, from 12:30 p.m. to 2.00 p.m at the Oxford Martin School 34 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3BD (with the exception of Thursday 17th October which is being held in the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, 66 Banbury Road, OX2 6PR).
Everyone is welcome to attend.

> Seminars Programme [pdf]

> Further information: debbie.alder@ageing.ox.ac.uk

Time & Date: Thursday 31st October, from 12.30pm to 2pm

Venue: Oxford Martin School 34 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3BD

Convenor: Professor Sarah Harper

Speaker: Professor Andy Morse, Department of Geography & Planning, University of Liverpool

‘Driving disease transmission models with climate models … where angels fear to tread?’

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Our popular Food Thinkers Lunches series is back for Michaelmas term. Each lunch has two, five-minute talks on a common theme, and up to 20 participants. The lunches are cosponsored by the IFSTAL programme, the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food and the ECI Food Systems Group, and are hosted by Linacre College.
 

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St Anne’s College, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HS

07th November 2018

 

A multi-disciplinary research conference on the effects of meat and dairy on population health, the economy, society and the environment

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Speaker: Dr Elin Röös, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Title: Designing Sustainable Diets at a National Level – a Case Study of Sweden

Date: Wednesday 18 February

Time: 4.15pm

Location: Gottman Room, OUCE

The talk will be 30-45 minutes, followed by a Q&A session and then a short wine reception.

Everyone welcome.

Livestock production is responsible for 14,5% of global GHG emissions and one third of arable land is used to grow feed. The consumption of meat and dairy must be reduced in the developed world to meet sustainability targets. But what is a sustainable level of animal products in the diet? Many advocate raising animals on resources that are not suitable for human consumption such as grass from marginal land unsuited for crop production and by-products, while using arable land to produce human edible foods. But how much meat and what kind of diet would such an approach result in? In this seminar I will present and discuss the sustainability of such diets produced in Sweden and its implications for Swedish agriculture.

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The Oxford Food Security Forum Lunchtime Talks Hilary Term 2013 on Global Food Security, organised by the student-led Oxford Food Security Forum

Speaker: Mike Gooding, Managing Director at FAI Farms Limited

Title: "Environment and (not “or”) Economics and (not “or”) Ethics"

Venue: Queen Elizabeth House, Meeting Room A, 3 Mansfield Road

Date: Week 7, Monday 25 February 2013

Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm

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