The National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) has announced a national forum that will focus on the use of antibiotic in the sustainable production of food.  The forum “Antibiotic Use in Food Animals: A Dialogue for a Common Purpose” will be held October 26-27 at the Hotel InterContinental O’Hare in Chicago.

The forum will include discussions by experts in animal agriculture, researchers in the area of livestock health, and experts in human health.  “There is significant confusion regarding potential effects of the use of antibiotics in food animal production,” said Leonard Bull, past NIAA chairman and leader of the forum planning committee.  “This dialogue will provide the most up-to-date information on the research that has been on the issue, what the science really means, and what further research may be needed.”

The forum immediately follows the 2011 Food System Summit, hosted by the Center for Food Integrity, which is being held at the same hotel.  Registration for the forum is open to the public.  The registration fee is $295 with discounts for early registration and for NIAA members.  In addition, a special forum rate for lodging at the InterContinental is available to attendees.  For more information and to register, call NIAA at (719) 538-8843.