The Food Systems Practitioner of
the 21st Century
Systems Thinking Skills
H. Scott Hurd DVM, PhD
College of Veterinary Med...
Why are we here?
• Because you are visionary
• Higher Ed Challenge USDA grant
• The FUTURE – sustainable (safe)
global foo...
WHY Systems Approach???
• WE NEED IT!!!! - sorely
• Vets are working in systems with individual
animal view
• Little mista...
What is the need?
• MUCH more interaction among animal,
human, food systems – One Health
• Consolidation, Intensification,...
New mindset for problem solving
• “We cannot solve problems using the same
thinking we used when we created them”, Einstei...
Try the scenarios
This link is
CASE SENSITIVE!
http://bit.ly/1efdrDm
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The Food Systems Practitioner of the 21st Century Systems Thinking Skills

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Presented at 2013 Arkansas Association for Food Protection annual conference.

H. Scott Hurd DVM, PhD
College of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Diagnostic & Production Animal Medicine

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  • Honor and challenge to do this talk!
  • Thrilled to be here in Chicago. Like many grad students gave one of my first scientiific papers hereAslo, gave my first Systems talk here at AVMA meeting in 1995
  • When I went to Washington saw a lotConcerned people are going to hurt themselves
  • For good or for ill, food production is consolidating and intensifying. Today one decision may affect one carcass which may have a global impact (e.g. international trade bans due to one tissue residue violation, or large-scale disease outbreak). In three months one egg producer can supply a half billion potentially contaminated eggs. Therefore producers and their consulting veterinarians have influence on a much larger scope of animals, consumers, and the environment. No matter where in the food supply chain a veterinarian is working, they must understand the implications of decisions throughout the food, environment and public health systems.
  • The Food Systems Practitioner of the 21st Century Systems Thinking Skills

    1. 1. The Food Systems Practitioner of the 21st Century Systems Thinking Skills H. Scott Hurd DVM, PhD College of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Diagnostic & Production Animal Medicine shurd@iastate.edu www.hurdhealth.com
    2. 2. Why are we here? • Because you are visionary • Higher Ed Challenge USDA grant • The FUTURE – sustainable (safe) global food production
    3. 3. WHY Systems Approach??? • WE NEED IT!!!! - sorely • Vets are working in systems with individual animal view • Little mistakes can go a long way • Reductionist approach does not “work” for long term complex, dynamic, global issues • Common language when working on a problem
    4. 4. What is the need? • MUCH more interaction among animal, human, food systems – One Health • Consolidation, Intensification, Globalization of food • Growing food needs and quality demands
    5. 5. New mindset for problem solving • “We cannot solve problems using the same thinking we used when we created them”, Einstein • “The continued search for better understanding of social and economic systems represents the next great frontier.” J Forrester 1991 • Broad systems changes require a systems approach to research, including interdisciplinary discussion among social and biophysical scientists, agricultural producers, community planners, industry experts, state and local governments, and others (USDA:NIFA, 2007)
    6. 6. Try the scenarios This link is CASE SENSITIVE! http://bit.ly/1efdrDm

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