Foundations: Emerging Science, Farm Practices, and Federal Policy

This webinar, part 1 of the How the Health Care Sector Can Help Prevent Antibiotic Overuse in Animal Agriculture: 2014 Webinar Series, outlines the foundational issues around antibiotics in animal agriculturethe latest policy and science, as well as how and why antibiotics may or may not need to be used in poultry and livestock production.

Lance Price, PhD, Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at George Washington University is a researcher of antimicrobial resistance and presents cutting-edge science that demonstrates the link between antibiotic use in animal agriculture and antibiotic resistant infections in humans.

As a trained veterinarian, Gail Hansen, DVM, MPH, Senior Officer at the Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming explains the legislative and regulatory policy landscape to date on these issues – including the Food and Drug Administration’s new guidelines to industry on removing growth promotion as an approved use of antibiotics.

Having worked on his family farm, Steven Roach, MA, Food Safety Program Director of Food Animal Concerns Trust describes farming practices in the U.S., and when and why antibiotics may or may not be needed.

Objectives for this webinar include learning:

1) The most up-to-date science on antibiotic resistant infections and their connection to food animal agriculture.

2) Why exactly antibiotics have been used for animal growth promotion and how this is linked to a public health crisis.

2) How, as health professionals, to persuade elected officials and get involved in policy to change the food system so that it is more healthy and sustainable.

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