Why does Agriculture need risk science?
The agricultural sector is exposed to many variables that are difficult to control for example unexpected weather affecting heat and water availability, long term changes in climate, crop pests, and livestock diseases. The risks come in many forms ranging from the threat of adverse health effects among human populations as the result of contaminated food, the shifting likelihood of bumper crops or crop failures as the result of climate conditions, and livestock diseases that pose a threat to the health of livestock and domestic animal populations (e.g. blue tongue), impede the international trade of livestock and result in national economic damage (e.g. foot and mouth disease), or that may pose a threat to the human population (e.g. rabies, BSE, TB). These risks can have complex causality and equally complex control options, which in some cases come with at a high cost.
"Agriculture is the most healthful, most useful, and most noble employment of man."
by George Washington
RSI and Agriculture
What is our expertise in Agriculture?
RSI’s expertise in the Agricultural sector ranges from modelling the risks to livestock from transboundary diseases, supporting a safe food supply through risk assessment of pathogens in production, exploring the changing risks from pathogens in crops as the climate changes, development of risk-based decision-support applications for the management of agricultural emergencies at the national level, and supporting development of risk assessment frameworks for consideration of novel organisms.
RSI will work with the client to establish the issue and determine the appropriate service which maybe framework or guidance development to support best practice, application of standard methods to a novel situation, or development of bespoke methodologies and tools to address the specific issue.