Today leaders in the sustainable agriculture community, organized by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, briefed members of the Obama transition team on priorities. It was great to have the transition team’s ear, and to hear so many positive action ideas for the administration’s initial work. CLF director, Dr. Bob Lawrence spoke of the epidemic of antibiotic resistance, and emphasized the need for the FDA to strengthen antibiotic licensing and permitting requirements in animal agriculture. He also urged the USDA to take an in-depth look at the food safety impacts of antibiotic use in animal agriculture. These recommendations and others are outlined in more detail as part of the Pew Commission report.
Most of the recommendations discussed did not address public health per se, although many had significant implications for public health. We in the public health community are organizing to provide further input on issues relevant to the connections between food systems and public health.
Here are some other public health-related recommendations discussed during the call.
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