To succeed, one health must win animal agriculture's stronger collaboration

Gregory C. Gray, Jonna A.K. Mazet

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The One Health approach has received widespread international endorsements from professional, academic, and governmental organizations as the way forward in tackling complex interdisciplinary problems, such as emerging zoonotic diseases, antimicrobial resistance, and food safety. Yet conspicuously absent from US One Health training or research activities are the animal agricultural industries. Their absence is likely due to multiple factors, including the lack of appreciation for their potential problem-solving roles, as well as the industries' business-oriented fears that such engagement could cause them to suffer economic damage. As demands on the swine, poultry, egg, beef, and dairy production industries are closely linked to the above-mentioned complex problems, we must find new, nonthreatening ways to better engage and win animal agriculture's collaboration into One Health training and research partnerships for successful health problem solving. Without animal agricultural industries' improved cooperation, One Health's efforts to control these complex problems are not likely to succeed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)535-537
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 1 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Antimicrobial resistance, animal agriculture
  • Biosecurity
  • One Health
  • Zoonotic diseases

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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