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What policies and actions are needed to dramatically reduce farm antibiotic use?

On 29th June a group of experts attended a roundtable event co-hosted by the Alliance to Save our Antibiotics and the Food Research Collaboration at City University, and chaired by Professor Tim Lang. 

Food and Farming Policy

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Participants consisted of 26 representatives from organic and non-organic livestock and veterinary industries, civil society organisations, retail and foodservice sectors, and policy and health actors. Within the context of the need to dramatically reduce farm-antibiotic use - in order to safeguard human, animal and ecosystem health - the event aimed to identify the major barriers blocking progress and the policies and practices required to overcome these.



Javier Dominguez, Veterinary Director - Food Standards Agency

Peter Plate DrMedVet MRCVS - Endell Veterinary Group

Gwen Rees BVSc (Hons) MRCVS MVCNZ - PhD Scholar in Clinical Veterinary Science, Honorary Teaching Fellow in Farm Animal Population Medicine, University of Bristol

Dr Georgina Crayford, Senior Policy Adviser - National Pig Association

Daniel Parker, Veterinary Adviser - British Poultry Council

David Finlay, Managing Director - Cream o’ Galloway

Howard Revell, Chair - Responsible Health Group for Waitrose Farming Partnership

Sophie Stoye - Eastbrook Farm

Steve Eldridge, Policy Advisor & Communications and Outreach - Veterinary Medicines Directorate

Gwyn Jones, Chairman - RUMA

Peter Melchett, Policy Director - Soil Association

John Isherwood, Head of Sustainability - Pret-A-Manger

Geraldine Gilbert, Principal Sustainability Advisor - Forum for the Future

Richard Young, Policy Director - Sustainable Food Trust

Dr Angela Wright, Head of Science & Education - Compassion in World Farming

Georgia Farnworth, Policy Officer - Soil Association

Phil Hambling, Agriculture Manager - Sainsburys

Coilin Nunan, Scientific Advisor - Alliance to Save our Antibiotics

Emma Rose, Co-ordinator - Alliance to Save our Antibiotics

Prof Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy - Centre for Food Policy, City University

Dr Victoria Schoen, Research Fellow - City University

Mary Atkinson, Network Co-ordinator - City University

Dr David McCoy, Director - Medact

Haydn Evans - Parceithin Farm

Anna Glayzer, Advocacy manager - Consumers International

Andrew Wasley – Bureau of Investigative Journalism




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