Conference: Law & Policy of Antibiotics in the Food System

October 13, 2015 at 6:47 pm Leave a comment

The 2nd Annual Harvard Law School-UCLA Food Law and Policy Conference: Drugs, Animals, and Food: Law & Policy of Antibiotics in the Food System will be held Oct. 23, 2015, at Harvard.

The debate over antibiotic use in animal agriculture combines elements of science, ethics, politics, and law. Between fifty and eighty percent of all antibiotics sold in the United States are fed to farm animals raised for human consumption––both to promote animal growth and reduce disease in food-producing livestock living in high-density conditions. This agricultural antibiotic use significantly contributes to the evolution of drug-resistant bacteria that affect our ability to treat and prevent human disease, and serious animal welfare concerns exist regarding the concentrated environments this antibiotic use enables. Considerable social and financial costs weigh on both sides of the issue, and the legal system is invoked with each new dispute. This symposium will explore the many facets of the debate with presentations by leading legal advocates, health sciences experts, and public policy scholars.

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Topics: Conferences & Symposia; Law & Public Policy. 

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