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The Politics of Antimicrobial Resistance

Princeton author says its time for physicians and veterinarians to join forces.


In 2001, Dr. Laura Kahn was a student at Princeton University, pursuing a master’s degree in public policy. Then, Sept. 11 changed her career.


Kahn embarked on a study that looked at how the government responded to biological threats. Her work revealed a communications void.


“The gist of my findings was that physicians and veterinarians rarely, if ever, talk to each other and that departments of health and agriculture rarely, if ever, talk to each other. Yet, the vast majority of these diseases, these microbes, whether they are emerging diseases or agents of bioterrorism, they are zoonotic, affecting animals and people,” she says.


Kahn was intrigued. How could such silos exist when public health was at stake?

A Texas veterinarian later suggested she look at the same communications gap regarding antimicrobial resistance —  and why so much blame in medical literature pointed toward agriculture.


“That was interesting to me. That was a subject that I had not been aware of nor had been paying much attention to. I decided to delve into it and after five years of pouring over government data — both here and in Europe and around the world — that was what prompted me to write the book, One Health and the Politics of Antimicrobial Resistance,” Kahn says. “The results were quite surprising. They were not what I was expecting.”

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Earlier Editions of the One Health Series

To download Part 1 of the series with Mark Gardiner click here

To download Part 2 of the series with Dr. Justin Welsh click here

To download Part 3 of the series with Dr. Randall Spare click here

To download Part 4 of the series with Jeroen van de Ven click here

To download Part 5 of the series with Dr. Tim LaPara click here

To download Part 6 of the series with Dr. Bob Smith click here

To download Part 7 of the series with Dr. Steve Solomon click here

To download the Annual Antibiotic Symposium Compilation click here


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Gov.-elect Bill Lee has announced his pick for agriculture commissioner, choosing Tennessee's current state veterinarian and well-known Middle Tennessee dairy farmer Charlie Hatcher.

Lee made the announcement of his fourth commissioner appointment Monday night at the annual Tennessee Farm Bureau convention in Franklin.

Hatcher will lead the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, where he has served as state veterinarian since 2009. Among Hatcher's duties in most recent role were certifying and enforcing animal health standards for livestock products, as well as working with federal officials to accredit Tennessee's practicing veterinarians.

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Dr. Nevil Speer, Feedstuffs, 11/27/18

One media source noted that, "In order to 'feed the world' we must stop factory farming our animals." The article piled on by asserting: "Worldwide, animal agriculture is responsible for 90% of methane emissions and the U.S. habit of raising animals for food contributes more than half of our carbon footprint."

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"One Health Initiative" concept has been around for more than a decade. It looks at how the environment, human and animal health all connect.

The Beef Checkoff Promotional Board, along with NIAA, are taking the initiative a step further, studying disease transmission, antibiotic and antimicrobial resistance across the food chain.

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