Ready For 3 Billion? Marty Matlock, PhD, Executive Director, The Office for Sustainability and Sustainability Academic Programs, University of Arkansas, says he is preaching to the choir, he also states that the choir needs practice because the choir is out of tune and must have a cohesive language to talk about sustainable agriculture. With 3 billion people coming to dinner in the next 40 years, there has to be a conversation about how the people on Earth will continue.
Global GMOs Or Else Marty D. Matlock, Office for Sustainability, Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability, University of Arkansas, talks about the impacts of genetically modified organism (GMO) products on food security and trade. People want to trust their food is secure (safe to eat, healthy, and available at a reasonable cost). Dr. Matlock suggests in the next 40 to 60 years the ability to feed the 3 billion coming to dinner will need. biotechnology and genetics to insure those new people have food to eat and keep the the world stable.
Veterinary Services' Current Swine Activities and Updates Troy Bigelow, DVM, USDA, APHIS, VS, NCAHP, outlines the major swine health surveillance initiatives that are in play. Diseases, like pseudorabies and swine brucellosis, are monitored on a regular basis. Tool have been developed to identify hotspots, risks are assessed, and communications integration with other organizations is setup. Improvements have been identified and resources (dollars and people) are continuously being worked on.
Risk, Perception, & Its Research Amy Delgado, DVM, Veterinary Epidemiologist, Center for Epidemiology and Animal Health, USDA, APHIS, VS, STAS, talks about the state of the art in understanding risk perception. Dr. Delgado also presents information about producer cooperation / risk perception and touches on research (with case studies) that is being done.
Turning Prejudice into Policy Dr. Mark Walton, Chief Marketing Officer, Recombinetics, challenges the audience to fight against the prejudicious that exist against modern livestock production practices that masquerade as caution, or, says Dr. Walton, be forced to use production practices used by our grandfathers.