Slow Food for Thought...

“Defending the earth means safeguarding biodiversity, the landscape and farming. Those who haven’t seen the importance of farming haven’t understood anything!”
Carlo Petrini, Founder of Slow Food

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Healthy Farms, Healthy Families Campaign Kickoff Meeting

Food & Water Watch has invited Slow Food folks to get involved in their upcoming "Healthy Farms, Healthy Families" campaign. You can learn more and attend a kickoff meeting this Thursday. See details below.

Every year, 2 million people contract antibiotic resistant infections. I think that is 2 million too many. Unless we rein in the rampant use of antibiotics on factory farms, the medicines we rely on won’t work when we really need them. We have a chance to protect our antibiotics and our public health starting here in Cleveland – and we need your help. Please join us on Thursday, January 23rd in Cleveland to find out more about our new local campaign, which is part of a nationwide effort to rein in antibiotic overuse on factory farms

What: Food & Water Watch's Healthy Farms, Healthy Families Campaign Kick Off Meeting
Where: Thursday , January 23rd, 2014 7pm- 8:15pm
Where: Cleveland Heights Library, 2345 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

Right now, 80% of antibiotics in the US are used on factory farms, primarily to make animals grow faster and to compensate for filthy conditions. This is not how our antibiotics should be used. Low doses of drugs only kill some of the bacteria, leaving behind the stronger bugs, and when humans get sick, these antibiotics may no longer work to make us better.

I want to live in a world where life-saving medications will be there when my family members get sick, but factory farms are playing by their own set of rules and putting the rest of us in danger.That’s why we're launching a nationwide effort right here in Cleveland, to pass local City Council resolutions showing Congress and Senator Sherrod Brown that the people want action to ban the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms. And we need your help! 

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