北里大学

北里大学農医連携教育研究センター

第7号

第7号
Agriculture-Environment-Medicine

Contents

  • Preface
  • Part Ⅰ Agriculture, Environment and Healthcare
  • Part Ⅱ Alternative Medicine and Alternative Agriculture
  • Part Ⅲ A Look at Avian Influenza from the Perspective of Agriculture, Environment, and Medicine
  • Part Ⅳ Effect of Cadmium and Arsenic on Agriculture, the Environment, and Health
  • Part Ⅴ Global Warming : Assessing the Impacts on Agriculture, the Environment, and Human Health, and Techniques for Responding and Adapting
  • Part Ⅵ Food Safety and Preventive Medicine
  • Contributors

Preface

The goals of preventive medicine in the 21st century include the management, assessment, and communication of risk, prevention of disease, and improvement of health. To address the expectations of society today, it is vital to investigate and establish common ground between these medical issues and agriculture.

The outcomes of 20th century scientific and technological advances suggest very strongly that research, education, and extension in agromedicine will be absolutely vital to human society in the 21st century to prevent disease, promote health, ensure food safety, practice environmentally friendly agriculture, benefit from the therapeutic value of agriculture, and otherwise ensure human happiness. If the statement, "We are what we eat", is true, then I feel we have not paid enough attention to agromedical research, education, and extension.

A major problem in modern society is disjunction in various forms-disjunction between individuals, teachers and students, the soil and people, facts, culture and history, and the present and the past. These disjunctions can be roughly divided into four categories: disjunction between knowledge from knowledge, between knowledge and action, between knowledge and feelings, and between past and present knowledge. Agriculture and medicine are also disconnected, and surmounting this disconnection will require an all-embracing, multidisciplinary approach to research and education in areas of overlap between agriculture and medicine.

With this goals in mind, Kitasato University held symposiums on agromedicine and this book summarizes the abstracts of the following symposiums: "Agriculture, environment and healthcare," "Alternative medicine and alternative agriculture," "A look at avian influenza from the perspective of agriculture, environment, and medicine," "Effects of cadmium and arsenic on agriculture, the environment, and health," "Global Warming: Assessing the impacts on agriculture, the environment, and human health, and techniques for responding and adapting," and "Safety of food and preventive medicine."

I wish to dedicate this book to the primary care providers, agronomists, environmentalists, and health professionals who seek more knowledge of the agricultural, environmental, and medical problems they manage. I hope this book fulfills your needs and that it becomes a useful tool for translating complex agricultural information into sound advice for medicine, and conversely, for translating complex medical information into sound advice for agriculture.

I would like to thank Mr. Tetsuya Furuya and Miss Etsuko Tanaka. Their organization and editorial assistance were important in putting this book together.