Frontline together with the Investigative Reporting Workshop examine the use of antibiotics on the American farm, and whether it is fueling the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance in people.
Each year, an estimated 2 million people in the U.S. are infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria — and at least 23,000 die. Reporter David E. Hoffman looks at the American farm, where an estimated 70 percent of all antibiotics sold go. He asks are these antibiotics contributing to the growth of resistant bacteria that threaten the health of people?
“Nearly four decades ago, scientists and government officials warned that widespread antibiotic use to raise food animals could put human health at risk. Today, we’re seeing new scientific evidence those warnings were true, yet the government has been very slow to take action to limit antibiotic use on the farm,” Hoffman says.
With antibiotic-resistant superbugs spreading across the globe in frightening ways and with alarming speed, The Troubles with Antibiotics is a must-watch look at a public health crisis that threatens everyone.
6:00 pm – Gathering and refreshments.
6:30 pm – Screening “The Problem with Antibiotics”
7:30 pm – Q&A session with reporter and producer
For more information please visit the Investigative Reporting Workshop.