During the preparation for the interdisciplinary One Health Summer School, hosted this year in Finland my academic supervisor Sarah Green put what I think is a key question in a few sentences. I paraphrase from my notes:
WOAH (World Organisation for Animal Health) was built to maintain the intensification of livestock farming, so its not in its story to address veterinary matters beyond that. It does not come from a place beyond a history of maintaining intensive domesticated livestock. In that light we need to ask what’s in One Health’s (OH) history? And how can OH be participated in so that we open up questions beyond the narrow foci of its key stakeholders organisations? And what is our role as researchers in that?