UCSF Sustainability Stories


Deborah Fleischer, Green Impact, April 2013


Save the Date—Saving Antibiotics: A Clinical Perspective on Antibiotic Overuse in Agriculture

logoSave the date for two upcoming webinars co-sponsored by Health Care Without Harm and the Pew Charitable Trusts Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming.

May 16th and May 22, 10-11 am PST.  More details, including registration information can be found on the Health Care Without Harm website here.

Saving Antibiotics: A Clinical Perspective on Antibiotic Overuse in Agriculture, May 16, 2013, 1-2pm ET / 10-11am PT

antibioticsAntibiotic resistance is increasing across the country. Yet, antibiotics continue to be used prolifically in food animal agriculture. Eighty percent of antibiotics sold in the U.S. are used for animal agriculture, primarily for non-therapeutic purposes, and are available over-the-counter with no veterinary supervision. There is strong consensus among independent experts that such antibiotic use in agriculture contributes to growing antibiotic resistance, and poses a serious threat to human health.

Doctors, nurses, and other clinicians have a powerful voice to provide in urging more prudent antibiotic use in agriculture. Join us as we discuss the role the clinical community can play in protecting antibiotics.

Dr. Gail Hansen, Senior Officer, Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming, will explain the environmental and health risks to antibiotics overuse in animal agriculture, and describe the policy landscape.

Dr. Tom Newman, Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Pediatrics at University of California-San Francisco Medical Center and National Board member of Physicians for Social Responsibility, will speak about how clinicians can become more involved in antibiotics advocacy in their practice and communities, and with their patients.

This webinar is co-sponsored by Health Care Without Harm and the Pew Charitable Trusts Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming.

To register, go this link.

A second companion webinar will also be offered:

Antibiotics & Agriculture: Protecting Public Health With Your Purchasing Dollars
May 22, 2013, 1-2pm ET / 10-11am PT

Eighty percent of antibiotics sold in the United States are used for animal agriculture, primarily for non-therapeutic purposes, to compensate for unsanitary and inhumane living conditions of food animals. There is strong consensus among independent experts that such antibiotic use in agriculture contributes to growing antibiotic resistance, and poses a serious threat to human health.

Several large-scale institutions are increasingly committing to procuring meat raised without non-therapeutic antibiotics. Health Care Without Harm is currently working with 92 hospitals that are reducing meat procurement and/or are sourcing more sustainable meat.

Learn more about why and how hospital food service can source sustainable meat on our webinar. Dr. Lance Price, Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at George Washington University will speak about the public health concerns of antibiotics in animal agriculture. Christopher Linaman, Food & Beverage Manager and Executive Chef at Overlake Hospital in Washington State will describe Overlake’s efforts at finding and procuring meat that has not been produced with non-therapeutic antibiotics.

This webinar is co-sponsored by Health Care Without Harm and the Pew Charitable Trusts Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming.

To register, go to this link.