Since ancient times, the lives of animals and humans have been interconnected in many ways. Monitoring animal health and preventing animal disease outbreaks is vital to the economy and the security of the food supply. Healthy livestock production helps ensure a safe food supply and stabilize consumer prices.
Epidemic diseases in animals cause substantial resource losses due to animal slaughter, disruption of trade, and disease-fighting activities. Animal diseases that affect human health negatively affect public health, global trade, and the agricultural section of the economy. Healthy animals lead to safer foodstuffs, higher farm productivity, reduced environmental impacts and antibiotic use, and increased animal welfare.
Quite obviously, when animals are healthy, humans are healthy, too. The pandemic has proven to all of us that trying to solve today's problems and preparing those of tomorrow cannot be achieved with the conventional approaches of the past. For this reason, the concept of 'One Health' comes to the fore for the animal health industry, which was introduced by Hippocrates centuries ago, emphasizing the need for an integrated approach to tackling health-related issues. In a world turning around the 'One World, One Health' concepts, we have to come together to develop innovative, forward-looking, and multidimensional solutions to the problems we face now and in the future.
Healthy food does not only come from healthy and high-quality feed, but also from animal health and welfare as a whole. With this awareness, we, as the Feed Planet family, have decided to focus more on animal health in 2022. This is reflected in our cover stories and special file subjects, as those interested can have a look at our editorial calendar published on the magazine's website.
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