Blog Post Highlights Importance Of Understanding Interconnectedness Of Agriculture, Global Health

Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ “Global Food for Thought”: Global Health & Global Agriculture: Emerging Diseases and Agriculture’s Expanding Footprint
Marcus Glassman, research associate with the Chicago Council’s Global Food and Agriculture Program, writes, “[A]s populations swell and agriculture’s footprint sprawls, there are some real, and serious, public health consequences,” including “spillover,” when animal diseases jump to humans. Glassman provides several examples of zoonotic diseases appearing in humans, concluding, “[I]t’s … important to understand the interconnectedness of agriculture and public health, and to better see how we in agriculture are part of an even bigger picture than feeding the world” (2/14).