Sunday, July 19, 2009

Antibiotics and Farm Animals

As some of you may or may not know antibiotics are routinely used in conventional meat production as a growth stimulant. This Tuesday the Academy of Natural Sciences is hosting a panel discussion on this issue and its potential impact on human health. Lucky for us, our area is abundant in sources of hormone and antibiotic free meats--including our own Inverbrook chicken. I will soon be letting you know about ordering Dr. Elkins Angusburger and then there is the delicious Country Meadows Farm meats at the Kennett Farmers Market. The Lapp brothers have been bringing all kinds of delicious meats including lamb, bacon, sausage in addition to the famous barbequed chickens--their meat are all raised on pasture. And if you want to go gourmet, don't forget about the amazing cured meat selection at Talula's Table--with many of the meats sourced locally. Finally if you are looking to avoid hormones and antibiotics in your dairy products make sure you check out Natural by Nature in Avondale. We are indeed a lucky group of eaters to have such a range of healthy meats, dairy,and vegetables all grown/raised on the farms around us.

Special Town Square--Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Health Care, Food Safety and Antibiotics:
Why some methods of raising food animals are putting human health at risk.

Reception: 6:00pm
Forum: 6:30-8:30pm

Join us as a panel of experts examines the routine use of antibiotics on industrial farms as a tool to increase meat production. Learn how this widespread practice impacts human health, food safety and the environment. Panelists will include:

-Shelley A. Hearne, Dr. P.H., Managing Director, Pew Health Group

-Thomas Fekete, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Section Chief of Infectious Diseases, Temple University School of Medicine

-Robert P. Martin, Senior Officer, Pew Environment Group (former Executive Director of the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production)

-Brian Snyder, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture

David Velinsky, Ph.D., Vice President of the Academy of Natural Sciences and Director of the Patrick Center for Environmental Research, will moderate the discussion. There will be an opportunity for audience members to pose questions throughout the program. For more information on this issue, visit

The Academy of Natural Sciences, Auditorium
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

Free and open to the public.

Made possible by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Academy of Natural Sciences Center for Environmental Policy through the generous donations of the William Penn Foundation and the Environmental Associates of the Academy.

RSVP Required

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