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What are the issues with antibiotics in agriculture and how do farmers learn about consumer views?

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. Jeff Bender, Chair for the AVMA Task Force for Antimicrobial Stewardship in companion Animal Practice, provides an overview of antimicrobial resistance in companion animals and what kinds of stewardship approaches are being implemented. Dr. Bender suggests that clinicians need to be aware and encourage good antimicrobial stewardship practices.

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.

How are meat and animals being viewed in the future conversations on food?
The Future of Food Conversations
Amazon, AP, National Geographic

It is National Food Safety Month: Wash hands and use thermometers!
International Food Information Council Foundation, http://www.foodinsight.org/

Markets are to help smooth transactions and keep products flowing. That's the theory.
Grain Coffee

Dr. Steve Pollman, Murphy Brown, provides a market summary of Smithfield Foods, how it compares with other swine producers, what some of their issues are, and where Murphy-Brown fits.

David Schmidt, International Food Information Council, highlights the current environment in which consumer / food relationships exist: processed foods are perceived socially, politically, and economically bad; obesity epidemic factors are negative toward food producers; and communication around processed foods are not clear or consistent. From the 2011 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, April 11 - 14, San Antonio, TX USA.

Food and agriculture are related, it just takes many steps to get from farm to plate. These links are just a small representation of ag products on their journey to the grocery store.