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OFBF wants broad dialogue on antibiotic issues

Published Aug. 16, 2012 | Discuss this article on Facebook
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Dr. Leah Dorman

Buckeye Farm News

Ohio Farm Bureau is helping to coordinate a national symposium that will explore issues surrounding antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance. The audience: Members of the animal health, public health, environmental health and agricultural communities as well as regulators, consumers, academia, policymakers and media.

The event, “A One Health Approach to Antimicrobial Use and Resistance: A dialogue for a common purpose” will be held Nov. 13-15 in Columbus.

Here’s how Dr. Leah Dorman, Ohio Farm Bureau’s director of food programs, explains the concept:

“This year we plan to get outside the agricultural echo chamber and reach out to the public health community in order to find ways to work together for a common goal, which is improving health through judicious antimicrobial use and decreasing the impact of antimicrobial resistance. Agriculture will be leading the conversation in a one-health perspective.

“We hope to avoid scientific tug-of-wars and really get down to learning from each other and working on a collective path forward.

“I hope the participants understand the issue of antibiotic use and resistance better and have gained some additional perspectives. A wise man once said, ‘If you think you understand antimicrobial resistance, then someone didn’t explain it to you correctly.’ They need to understand that antibiotic resistance is complicated and there is no silver bullet solution, maybe silver buckshot.

“The audience will engage in open dialogue giving input to outlining and prioritizing key issues, barriers and potential paths forward. I expect that a white paper will come out of this conference covering both the presenters’ discussions as well as the table discussions. I hope that each participant, as well as others that did not attend, might be able to use the information in their daily work to work together to improve health.”

Read Leah Dorman’s interview with Drovers Cattle Network.



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