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Brian Lindsay, Project Leader, Beef Working Group, explains what the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform is about and how it developed. The collaboration group was created in 2002 by the food industry to promote sustainable agriculture worldwide. Mr. Lindsay shares how the definition of sustainability was developed and what members do to help support the initiative. Mr. Lindsay concludes with an outline of the SAI timeline and goals.

Corinne Rowe, Justin Rowe, Sara Ross, Kevin Ross, and Kristin Porter share their views on agriculture and food. Each of them offer a view on what they are doing and how they think of agriculture.

Sara and Kristin both approach telling their stories through digital media. The whole group aims to share their family and cultural experiences with others outside of agriculture, encouraging others in farming to approach sharing their farms in a similar fashion.

Dr. Tom Chiller, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opens his presentation with a quote from Dr. Tom Friedan, CDC Director, that brings focus to antimicrobial resistance: “We are all connected by the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe.” Dr. Chiller emphasizes that antimicrobial resistance is a global problem and needs global solutions. These solutions need continual communication, consistent monitoring and reporting, and response teams to take action.

Dr. William Flynn, Deputy Director for Science Policy, Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine, provides an update on the US FDA's strategy on the use of important antibiotics in food producing animals and its effect on FDA Guidance #213. Dr. Flynn mentions that all uses of antibiotics are contributing to resistance issues and that any conversation and solution set must take this wide use into consideration. Collaborative approaches are going be much more effective if everyone is at the table and working in the same direction.

Antibiotic Resistance Is ComplexUnderstanding Antibiotic Resistance Is Complex In September 2014 the Executive Office of the President President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology release a report titled Report To The President On Combating Antibiotic Resistance which put pressure on medical, veterinarian, food, and agriculture professionals to take action.

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Four students from The George Washington University share their views on food, sustainability, and choice.
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