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    Cancer touches us all, either directly or through the lives of loved ones. Antibiotic resistance, not so much—yet!

    Antibiotic resistant infections will claim the lives of 700,000 worldwide this year; expected to climb to 10 million by mid century. And unlike cancer, where a privileged few may access costly advanced therapies, income and advantage are no protection against superbugs.

    The accidental discovery of penicillin nearly a century ago ushered in the age of modern medicine. Producers of these new miracle drugs could scarcely keep up with demand. Doctors prescribed them indiscriminately, and they were added to consumer products like cosmetics and convenience foods.

    Livestock too: Chicken producers doubled their yields by adding antibiotics to their feed. Beef and pork producers followed suit, packing ever more animals into pens, and ever more antibiotics into their feed. Profits soared.

    As resistant bacterial strains arose, newer more effective antibiotics have become increasingly more difficult to come by. The FDA implemented regulations on their use—for humans, at least. The livestock industry would not budge, asserting that their use in animals had no impact on humans.

    Not so, argues Maryn McKenna, who has devoted much of her career to investigating the role of modern agriculture in the antibiotic crisis. McKenna is an independent journalist who specializes in public health and food policy, and is a Senior Fellow of the Center for the Study of Human Health at Emory University. She is the recipient of awards and media honors too numerous to mention here, best known for her 2017 bestseller, Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats, which received the 2018 Science in Society Award.

    Join Maryn McKenna as she leads us on a journey from hospital wards, through the halls of pharmaceutical companies, to the chicken houses and animal pens of modern farms. Our food production system impacts our health in previously unforeseen ways, and the culture, politics and economics of this emerging picture is as fascinating as it is disturbing. This is one presentation you won’t want to miss!

    Advance tickets $250 pesos online or at the Biblioteca gift shop on Insurgentes. $300 pesos at the door.

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    Maryn McKenna , antibiotic resistance- a global health threat
    Tuesday January 14, 5pm
    La Casona Event Center
    Josefina Orozco 2

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