#FoodFri Tweetchat: Overuse of Antibiotics in Meat & Poultry
It's estimated that up to 50 percent of antibiotic use in people is unnecessary and up to 70 percent of antibiotics sold in the U.S. are used on healthy livestock to compensate for crowded and unsanitary farm conditions, a troubling fact considering that the more antibiotics are used, the less effective they become. This #FoodFri, @MomsRising will be joined by @saveantibiotics on Friday, May 2, 2014, at 1pm, EST to learn how YOU can help make sure antibiotics remain effective for future generations.
Together, we can keep families safe by raising our voices, and awareness, of the rampant overuse of antibiotics that has resulted in the development of resistant bacteria that are more difficult to treat and more likely to cause death, especially among children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems.
To join and follow the conversation on Twitter use the #FoodFri Hashtag in each tweet.
You can also follow the chat on Twubs.com/FoodFri. Twubs allows you to follow MomsRising’s registered hashtags by creating an account. Below I have noted the steps.
- Create an account using an email or your Twitter account.
- Enter the desired hashtag, #FoodFri, #WellnessWed or #EcoTipTue, in the search box found at the top of the page. Click Enter. A new page will open with the desired chat.
- Find the “Join This Twub” button found on the right-hand side bar and join the group.
- Adjust the speed of the conversation to your liking. Options are: Fast, Medium, Slow, Slower, or Slowest.
- Introduce yourself and join the conversation, by entering your comment, tips, or questions in the “Tweet to #FoodFri as [YourName] box”
- Or, respond to a specific tweet by hovering over the right-hand side of the individual’s tweet and selecting one of the icons.
More about our #FoodFri Featured Panelist:
The Pew Charitable Trusts is working to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics by phasing out the overuse and misuse of the drugs in food animal production. We work with public health and food industry leaders, veterinarians, agricultural interests, academics, and citizen groups who share our objective of protecting human and animal health.