Capitol Hill Briefing to Focus on Alternatives to Routine Antibiotic Use in Food Animal Production

Date: March 2, 2010

Location:
Dirksen Senate Building
Room 124

Washington, DC 20002

Description:

On March 2, the Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming, in collaboration with Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) will host a Capitol Hill briefing on successful and profitable production and business models for raising food animals without the routine use of antibiotics.

What: Briefing on antibiotic-free meat production

When: Tuesday, March 2, 2010 from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Where: Dirksen Senate Building, Room 124

Who:

  • U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), lead sponsor of the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act/S.619 (invited)
  • Stephen Jay, M.D., professor of Medicine and Public Health and past founding chair, Department of Public Health, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN (moderator)
  • Bill Niman, owner of BN Ranch, founder of Niman Ranch, Inc. and former member of the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production, Bolinas, CA
  • Andrew Carlson, owner and CEO of Central Coast Farms, Fulton Valley Farms, Crows Landing, CA
  • Steve Ells, chairman and co-CEO of Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., Denver, CO
  • Linda Boardman, president of Applegate Farms, Branchburg, NJ

Experts estimate that up to 70 percent of the antibiotics sold in the United States are given to healthy food animals on industrial farms to promote growth and compensate for overcrowded, unsanitary conditions. Three decades of scientific research has demonstrated that feeding low doses of antibiotics to food animals over a long period of time promotes the development of dangerous strains of drug-resistant bacteria that can spread to humans. 

To learn more visit the Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming's Web site.

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