Report: Land-grant universities key to agricultural biosecurity
"Boots on the Ground, Land-Grant Universities in the Fight Against Threats to Food and Agriculture" report describes lack of integrated plans for outbreaks.
Source: Colorado State University
via National Hog Farmer - May 10, 2022
Faced with disease threats to U.S. agriculture, land-grant universities such as Colorado State University must provide a first line of defense to protect public health, economic and national security and the livelihood of farm communities.
Emergent diseases pose major risks to the food supply of a globally connected economy in a world undergoing rapid transformation due to droughts and climate change. Recent outbreaks have disrupted agriculture security worldwide, while new pathogens such as African swine fever loom as a new threat to the U.S. pork industry.
Those are the key findings of a new report issued by a Washington D.C.-based, bipartisan, blue-ribbon commission. The commission works with a consortium of six land-grant universities, including CSU. The report, which originated at meetings CSU convened with the commission in 2019, details 15 recommendations to maximize the universities' effectiveness.
Titled "Boots on the Ground, Land-Grant Universities in the Fight Against Threats to Food and Agriculture," the 34-page report by the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense casts the peril in a national and economic security context...