The antibiotics fed to healthy food animals to fatten them up are causing antibiotic-resistance and making these important drugs ineffective as human medications? Really? Dr Margaret Mellon has written and spoken extensively on this subject, and her scientific findings are fascinating and frightening. Here’s your chance to ask her in real time how she knows what she knows and what she proposes we do about it.
Bait and Switch TV’s announces a live interview with Dr. Margaret Mellon from The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) on September 158h at 1:30 pm EST, 4:30 pm PST. Dr Mellon will talk about her work on the KEEP ANTIBIOTICS WORKING campaign, including discussion of superbugs and the effects of antibiotics in the US meat supply. Doctors depend on antibiotics to treat illnesses caused by bacteria, from pneumonia to meningitis and other life-threatening infections. The effectiveness of many antibiotics is declining after decades of overuse and misuse in agriculture. Dr. Mellon testified before the House Committee on Rules of the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act, H.R. 1549, in July of 2009, and is an outspoken advocate of food safety. She is the co-author of The Ecological Risks of Engineered Crops, with Jane Rissler. (http://www.ucsusa.org/assets/documents/food_and_agriculture/july-2009-pamta-testimony.pdf )
ABOUT LIVE DEBATES “Live Debates are about YOU,” says BSTV Executive Producer, Leesa Stanion, “If you could talk with an economist whose theories are currently under consideration by banking reformers, what would you ask? If you could question a scientist about antibiotics in the meat supply, or a policymaker about cloning or pharmaceutical approvals, what would you ask? At BSTV, you can ask your questions and talk directly to experts, celebs, and policymakers in real time about any of the serious issues raised in our shows and comedy sketches. These Live Debates are about making TV interactive and getting YOU involved in the controversy and debate.”
To join the debate, register at www.baitandswitchTV.com (Click the DEBATES button and log in), before 1pm on September 15, 2010 PST. Audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions about antibiotic usage in the US meat, poultry, and dairy supply, the rise of antibiotic resistance, and implications for the human population.
For more information on the line up of other guests in the various BAIT AND SWITCH TV DEBATE SERIES, go to: http://baitandswitchtv.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=76&Itemid=65#dates
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