On January 21st, TEDxManhattan featured a series of speakers with backgrounds in food and farming who shared their knowledge and expertise with thousands of audience members watching in-person and virtually from around the world.
Today, Nourishing the Planet highlights a TEDxManhattan talk by Dr. David Wallinga, who discusses the problems with antibiotic use in animals.
In his talk, “Raising Pigs & Problems: Saying No to Antibiotics in Animal Feed,” Dr. Wallinga explains that producers in the large-scale meat production industry often incorporate antibiotics into their animal feed in an attempt to ward off disease, which can spread rapidly among animals kept confined in close quarters. But widespread use of antibiotics can actually create antibiotic resistance, making it harder to fight illness among animals and humans alike. Antibiotics that are present in animal waste leach into the environment and contaminate water and food crops, posing a serious threat to public health.
Click here to watch Dr. Wallinga’s talk and those by other TEDxManhattan 2012 speakers.