Woods Hole Forum Will Address Antibiotics In Agriculture

“Losing the Miracle: The FDA and the Controversy over Livestock Antibiotics,” will take place on Saturday, July 26, at 7 PM in the Marine Biological Laboratory’s Lillie Auditorium, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole. Author and independent journalist Maryn McKenna, a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, will address the use of antibiotics in agriculture and the tradeoff this practice sets up between public health and the economic benefits of increased farm productivity.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the MBL parking lots.

Ms. McKenna, winner of the 2013 Byron H. Waksman Award for Excellence in the Public Communication of Life Sciences, primarily writes about public health, global health and food policy. She was the 2013-2014 Knight Science Journalism Project Fellow at MIT and a finalist for a James Beard Foundation Award. She writes and blogs for numerous national publications, including “Wired” and “Scientific American,” and is the author of the popular science books, “Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA” (2010) and “Beating Back the Devil” (2004). She is currently writing a book on antibiotic use in agriculture, to be published in 2015.

The Byron H. Waksman Award for Excellence in the Public Communication of Life Sciences is awarded annually by the Waksman Foundation to an institution or individual who demonstrates excellence in the communication of some aspect of life sciences. Ms. McKenna’s lecture at the MBL is sponsored by the Waksman Foundation and the MBL’s Logan Science Journalism Program.

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