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Balancing Demand for Food, the Environment, and Public Health is Lecture Topic at MCCC Oct. 17

10/10/17


Dr. Laura Kahn

Princeton University Professor Dr. Laura Kahn will discuss agriculture and its impact on the environment and public health at Mercer County Community College Oct. 17.

WEST WINDSOR – A Princeton University professor and public health expert will address the balance between feeding a growing world population with the possible consequences, including damage to the environment and emerging diseases, during a lecture at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) Oct. 17.

“Meat, Monkeys, and Mosquitos: A One Health Perspective to Emerging Diseases” will be the subject of a lecture by Princeton University Professor Dr. Laura Kahn at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 17 in the Communications Building, Room 109. Her talk is part of MCCC’s fall 2017 Distinguished Lecture Series at the West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. The lecture is free and open to the public.

In her lecture, Kahn acknowledges that agriculture is the foundation of civilization, as it was the prevention of hunger and food security that enabled the growth of cities, and subsequently nations, along with the science and technology that has given rise to population growth. However, the expansion of agriculture has given rise to deforestation, environmental destruction, and emerging diseases. She contends that one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century will be to meet the world’s food demands while ensuring global health and sustainability.

Kahn will discuss the “one health” concept, which asserts that human, animal, and environmental health are linked, and serves as a framework to analyze the interrelationship between food security, the environment, and emerging diseases.

Kahn received a B.S. in Nursing from UCLA, an M.D. from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, a Master of Public Health from Columbia University, and a Master of Public Policy from Princeton University.

For more information on MCCC’s Distinguished Lecture Series, call (609) 570-3324 or visit www.mccc.edu/events.

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