The AMA’s Support for Sustainable Food Systems: They Sure Can Talk the Talk

President Obama spoke at the AMA conference last week

President Obama spoke at the AMA conference last week

Last week at the American Medical Association’s 158th annual meeting in Chicago members passed a resolution that supports the advocacy of sustainable healthy food systems. This is a landmark time for environmentalists since the AMA had previously endorsed healthy food alternatives and minimizing the environmental impact of certain foods, but never before has it publicly recognized the dangerous effects of the current industrial food manufacturing system. The AMA issued a statement making clear the benefits of more healthy and sustainable food systems. They get it: “Healthy food is part of a sustainable food system, in which food is defined not only by its nutrient content, but also by how and where it is raised, grown, processed, and distributed.”

The resolution piggybacked a report issued by the AMA’s Council on Science and Public Health that recognizes the ecological footprint of industrially produced food, understanding that it contributes to antibiotic resistance, climate change and air and water pollution. Combating these causes of damage to the environment is a preventive treatment for illnesses and conditions such as asthma. This preventive approach is all the rage as it is consistent with President Obama’s stance on healthcare reform, and who wouldn’t want to be in the President’s good graces?

The major buzzword of the week is “sustainable,” a term used by the President himself when addressing the large AMA meeting on June 15th. Sustainable food systems seem to fit into the sustainable healthcare picture that the President is pursuing. Not to mention, the idea of sustainable food systems has already been on his radar, something he implied when describing the White House victory garden which is in place to educate children on the significance of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Read More >

New Pew Ad Campaign Hits D.C. Metro

picture-3Washington, DC Metro riders are taking notice today of a new advertising campaign promoting publicizing the misuse of antibiotics in the food animal production. The ads will be popping up this week and throughout June at the Capitol South and Union Station Metro stops as well as on red and blue/orange line trains.

The ad campaign echoes the recommendations of the Pew Commission Report on Industrial Farm Animal Production, that the overuse of antibiotics in the production of food animals is unnecessary and compromising their effects in treatment of humans. The American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and other leading medical groups point to antibiotic resistances as an alarming threat to public health. Read More >