Is anyone paying attention to antibiotic resistance? You might wonder during lulls between headlines whether others share your concern about antibiotics working when you or your kids need them. Don’t be concerned. All may seem quiet, but beneath the surface is a worldwide network of agencies and programs keeping close watch and working to address antibiotic resistance.
Food-industry website FoodDive.com recognized U.S. chicken producer Sanderson Farms as 2017 Food Company of the Year for its principled stance on antibiotic use in poultry production. Sanderson believes using antibiotics when medically necessary benefits food safety and improves animal welfare and environmental sustainability. Sanderson exhibits transparency in agriculture and food production which increases consumer trust and confidence.
America’s public research universities are leading an initiative to address world hunger and malnutrition. The Challenge of Change Commission outlined seven challenges for public universities to address to help achieve global food and nutrition security. Food-system veterinarian Leah Dorman believes the responsible use of antibiotics in food production can be part of the solution.