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Antibiotics Overuse: Why Healthcare Should Care about Agriculture Use Free Webinar

October 7, 2010

The American Medical Association, in partnership with Kaiser Permanente and Health Care Without Harm are pleased to present:


Antibiotics Overuse: Why Healthcare Should Care about Agriculture Use


When: Thursday, October 7, 2010, 2:00-3:00 Pacific Standard Time (5:00-6:00 Eastern Standard Time)


Where: This is a free online webinar, and you can REGISTER HERE.


Of all the antibiotics consumed each year in the U.S. only an estimated 15 percent are used for human therapy. The bulk of the remaining antibiotics, an estimated 70 percent, are routinely given to poultry, beef cattle, and swine in their feed, not to treat diagnosed disease, but to promote faster growth and for routine disease prevention. In 2003, the U.S. Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Science stated that decreasing "antimicrobial use in human medicine alone will have little effect on the current [antibiotic-resistant] situation" and that "substantial efforts must be made to decrease inappropriate overuse [of antibiotics] in animals and agriculture."


This webinar will highlight the human health implications of agricultural overuse of antibiotics and provide health promoting policy and practice examples for the medical community. This second in a four part series will be moderated by Preston Marring, MD, Kaiser Permanente, and features David Wallinga, MD, MPH, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Diane Imrie, RD, MBA, Fletcher Allen Health Care, and Robert Martin, Senior Officer at the Pew Environment Group.


This session is the second in a series of free webinars on nutrition, food systems and policy geared towards health/medical professionals. Other upcoming webinar topics in this series include "Organic Foods, Pesticides, and Sustainable Food Production" and "Obesity and Food Environments". View the full schedule here.


The first webinar, Healthy Food in Healthcare: The Role for Healthcare in Food and Agriculture Policy, took place on September 9, 2010. If you were unable to attend or would like to view the webinar again, you can view it online here. From this page, you can also download the individual presentations generously provided by the speakers.