Along with Ald. Ed Burke (14th), chefs are showing support at a rally opposing the misuse of antibiotics in livestock. The U.S. House and Senate have two bills in front of them that would limit the use of antibiotics in livestock production. Like other major cities around the nation, Chicago chefs are pushing to have a resolution on the books at City Hall that echo support for these proposed laws. Antibiotics can be used routinely to promote growth in animals, but also creates antibiotic resistant bacteria that can be passed from animal to human. However, farmers still need antibiotics for preventing disease and keeping a herd healthy.
We discuss the controversial legislation and what the effects would mean for restaurants, meat producers, and consumers with Ina Pinkney, longtime Chicago restaurateur and co-founder the Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition, Dr. Christine Hoang, assistant director of the scientific activities division of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Susan Vaughn Grooters, public policy analyst and executive committee member for the group "Keep Antibiotics Working,"and Brent Scholl, a fifth generation farmer in Polo, Illinois and former president of the Illinois Pork Producers Association.
Tuesday, June 24, a group of prominent chefs held a press conference to announce their support of House Bill 1150, the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act of 2013. Watch the press conference.