Pew to Brief Congress of CAFO Impacts on Workers, Communities

picture-3On the heels of CLF’s Congressional Briefing Dec. 2, the Pew Environmental Group will be holding a Capitol Hill briefing tomorrow to discuss the impact on workers and communities of CAFO’s. The briefing, Industrial Animal Farms and Worker Health and Safety, is being held in collaboration with Rep. Raúl Grijalva, Co-Chair, Congressional Progressive Caucus. It is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 17, from 10 – 11:30 am at the US Capitol, Room HC-8. Please RSVP to Shannon Heyck-Williams if you plan to attend.

In the Dec. 2 briefing, leading experts in economics, public health and public policy and Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), a leading voice on antibiotic resistance, discussed the impact of resistant infections on the U.S. healthcare system and the need to phase out inappropriate use of antibiotics as growth promoters in the production of food animals. The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) hosted the event with Rep. Slaughter.

The economic burden of antibiotic resistance on the American healthcare system is measurable and staggering. In 2008, the Institute of Medicine reported that antibiotic-resistant bacteria, including MRSA, cost the U.S. $4-5 billion a year. Accordingly, the CDC estimates that 2 million Americans contract resistant infections and out of those, 90,000 die. A full recap of that briefing can be found here.