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From healthy cows to healthy humans: Integrated approaches to world hunger, c. 1930-1965 / Michael Bresalier
Animals and the Shaping of Modern Medicine, Pages: 119 - 160
Swansea University Author: Michael, Bresalier
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DOI (Published version): 10.1007/978-3-319-64337-3
This chapter is concerned with diseased and under-nourished dairy cattle, and how they came to be perceived simultaneously as threats to agriculture and as contributors to world hunger and malnutrition. Moving from inter-war Britain and its empire, to the post-war international stage, it explores ho...
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This chapter is concerned with diseased and under-nourished dairy cattle, and how they came to be perceived simultaneously as threats to agriculture and as contributors to world hunger and malnutrition. Moving from inter-war Britain and its empire, to the post-war international stage, it explores how developments in nutritional science and veterinary medicine combined with economic depression, war-time food shortages, and the aftermath of war, drew attention to the undernourished, unhealthy bodies of both cows and humans, and suggested connections between them. Enrolled by the United Nations and its agencies in their campaign against hunger in the developing world, cows inspired the formation of new health structures that aimed to tackle their unproductive bodies. Within them, experts in human health, veterinary medicine and agricultural science came together to survey the situation, and plan interventions that would create new bovine bodies and new experts capable of supporting their provision of health and nutrition to humans.
Hunger; livestock animals; international organisations; International health and nutrition
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