One Health: Humans, Animals & Environment

Taking a full systems approach to addressing a problem as complex as a global pandemic may at first glance appear to be an unmountable task. However, it may also be one of the most intuitive ways to simultaneously protect and promote human, animal and environmental health.

We have all become too familiar with the reality that one solution may cause trade-offs and create problems somewhere else. This is why a One Health approach that attempts to grapple with complex challenges through a holistic lens shows promise in identifying solutions that can benefit us, animals, and the environment. 

In this newsletter we share what we have been reading, watching, and following to learn more about how a One Health approach can help us understand our current crisis, while also enabling us to plan and be prepared for future threats to ours and planetary health. 

Wishing you good health.

- Evan Fraser, Director of Arrell Food Institute 
Our second webinar, in partnership with Food from Thought and One Health Institute at the University of Guelph, looks at how we make decisions about coming out of this time of disruption.

What information will we need and what will a post-lockdown life look like?

Panelists include 
Rozita Dara, Simon Somogyi, Amy Greer, 
Alfons Weersinkand moderator Jeff Wichtel. They have shared their expert perspectives on issues around privacy and health tracking, outbreak management and how outbreaks influence food prices.

If you missed our first webinar, COVID-19 + Lessons for Food Systems, a recording is available Here!
COVID-19 and One Health
The Ecology of this Emerging Disease

The current pandemic has revealed to us how reliant we are on animal and environmental health. It has also exposed how our systems including our food, education, and healthcare systems are vulnerable to disruption. 

Profs. Shayan Sharif and Evan Fraser will shortly publish an op-ed suggesting that a global One Health approach will help us avoid another, possibly more severe pandemic.

What We Are Reading 
Nature is one of our strongest allies

In a recent article in the World Economic Forum Agenda, 
Prof. Madhur Anand offers an engaging perspective on what COVID-19 is teaching us about ourselves, our relationship with nature, and society at large. 

"Let me be clear: COVID-19 itself is not good for any of the
 seventeen UN Sustainable Development Goals. Human wellbeing, the economy and the environment are all interrelated, and the pandemic is certainly not helping us achieve our goals for protecting them. However, the pandemic is teaching us lessons in human behaviour that could bring us closer to these goals in the future."

Keep Reading

Prof. Anand is the Director of the Guelph Institute for Environmental Research. Click here to learn about the coming research from GIER

What We Are Watching
COVID-19 Open Online Briefings by Dr David Nabarro

To raise awareness and readiness to approach the pandemic, Dr. Nabarro is hosting weekly webinars, curated to include everyone, that cover a range of topics related to COVID-19, food systems and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Dr. Nabarro is a Special Envoy of the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General on COVID-19, Co-Director of the Imperial College Institute of Global Health Innovation at the Imperial College London and Strategic Director of 4SD.

Agri-Food and COVID-19 News and Resources
  • Food Systems and Meat Packing. Profs. Evan Fraser and Mike Van Massow discuss how our food systems can adapt from COVID-19 to enhance both efficiencies and resilience. Read the Op-ed
  • Eating with Ease. Prof. Maria Corradini offers her expert advice on food safety during the pandemic. Watch Here
  • How to Avoid the Dreaded Grocery Shop. Prof. Mike Van Massow shares his insight on how technology is aiding consumers to limit their grocery trips. Read the Article
  • Meat and Potato Food Supply Challenges. Prof. Evan Fraser chats with morning radio on what is happening in these supply chains and what food trends may come from COVID-19. Listen Here
  • Social FISHtancing. Prof. Philip Loring connects with fisheries to discuss the challenges they face due to COVID-19 and how they are adapting. Listen Here
Who We Are Following
Dr. Andria Jones-Bitton

She has been sharing resources and knowledge to promote wellness amidst disruption. 

Dr. Jones-Bitton is a veterinarian, epidemiologist, and Associate Professor in the Department of Population Medicine at the University of Guelph. She was also recently appointed Director of Well Being Programming at the Ontario Veterinarian College

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