Around 23,000 Americans die from antibiotic resistant infections each year. Antibiotic resistance costs the United States billions of dollars annually in direct healthcare expenses and lost productivity. Antibiotics are an essential part of the health care we receive, yet 80% of those sold in the United States—the same medicines used to treat human infections—are used in industrial animal agriculture as a stopgap against crowded, unsanitary conditions and to promote growth. This panel discussion will explore how the overuse and misuse of antibiotics is breeding antibiotic resistant bacterial strains and how leaders in agriculture and health care are responding.
About the Panelists
Jennifer Obadia, PhD is the Eastern U.S. Regional Director at Health Care Without Harm and leads their Healthy Food in Health Care program
Saul Hymes, MD is a physician at Stonybrook Hospital. He also serves on the New York State Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance.
Ken Jaffe, MD is a former family physician who raises grass-fed beef in the Catskill region of New York, and supplies meat to fine restaurants and hotels, which supports a farm-to-school program that brings grass-fed beef to children in kindergarten through 12th grade.
About the Facilitator
Kimberly Libman, PhD, MPH is the Director for Prevention and Community Development Center for Health Policy and Programs at The New York Academy of Medicine.