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Animal Disease and the Industrialization of Agriculture

In: Health and Animal Agriculture in Developing Countries


  • David A. Hennessy

    (Iowa State University)

  • Tong Wang

    (Iowa State University)


Descartes’ perspective that animals are machines, and perhaps little more, is a matter of great ethical disquiet in contemporary society (Cottingham 1978). Sweeping developments in the life sciences since about 1950 have provided technical insights on how to control life and growth in ways that have made the animal-as-machine analogy more real. The moral principles and economic tradeoffs at issue have become more clearly defined, in large part because production sciences and the systems they support demand clear definition of the production environment. Animal disease confounds control efforts, and also belies the attitude that an animal’s technical performance can be abstracted from its environs.

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  • David A. Hennessy & Tong Wang, 2012. "Animal Disease and the Industrialization of Agriculture," Natural Resource Management and Policy, in: David Zilberman & Joachim Otte & David Roland-Holst & Dirk Pfeiffer (ed.), Health and Animal Agriculture in Developing Countries, edition 1, chapter 0, pages 77-99, Springer.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:nrmchp:978-1-4419-7077-0_5
    DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4419-7077-0_5

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    1. Wei, Xinjie & Lin, Wanlong & Hennessy, David A., 2015. "Biosecurity and disease management in China’s animal agriculture sector," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 54(C), pages 52-64.
    2. Hennessy, David A. & Zhang, Jing & Bai, Na, 2019. "Animal health inputs, endogenous risk, general infrastructure, technology adoption and industrialized animal agriculture," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 83(C), pages 355-362.
    3. Hennessy, David A., 2018. "Managing Derived Demand For Antibiotics In Animal Agriculture," 2018 Annual Meeting, August 5-7, Washington, D.C. 274359, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.


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