The National Institute for Animal Agriculture has announced a national forum which will focus on the use of antibiotics in the sustainable production of food. The forum, ‘Antibiotic Use in Food Animals: A Dialogue for a Common Purpose’, will be held at the Hotel InterContinental O'Hare in Chicago, Oct. 26-27.

The forum will include discussions by experts in animal agriculture, researchers in the area of livestock health and experts in human health..

As consumers become more aware and interested in the way their food is produced, the use of antibiotics in the production of food animals is often in the media.  While livestock producers have realized that significant animal illness can be avoided by the use of antibiotics, consumers are being told that any use of antibiotics in food animals reduces their effectiveness in humans. 

 "There is significant confusion regarding potential effects of the use of antibiotics in food animal production," says Leonard Bull, past NIAA chairman and leader of the forum planning committee.  "This dialogue will provide the most up-to-date information on the research that has been done on the issue, what the science really means, and what further research may be needed."

Participants in the forum will have the opportunity to hear from the research leaders and experts and join the dialogue.  "As is the case in all NIAA forums, it is important that members of the audience have the opportunity to ask questions of the panels and participate in the discussion", says Bull.

The forum immediately follows the 2011 Food System Summit, hosted by the Center for Food Integrity, which is being held at the same venue.  Registration is open to anyone interested in this important issue.  The registration fee is $295, with discounts for early registration and for NIAA members.  In addition, a special forum rate for lodging at the InterContinental is available to attendees.  

For more information and to register. Individuals can get additional information by calling NIAA at (719) 538-8843.

Source: NIAA