On November 22-23 about 80 people gathered in St. Paul, Minnesota, for the first in a series of Finding Common Ground Forums co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Center for Integrative Leadership and the Global Initiative for Food Systems Leadership. Participants included representatives from academia, media, and the food production industry, as well as intergovernmental, nongovernmental and governmental organizations.
The goal of the Forum was to bring together leaders with diverse perspectives on the issue of antibiotics & agriculture to tackle the paradox in a neutral forum while examining it from multiple angles.
Our goals were to:
• Increase participant’s awareness, understanding, and fundamental knowledge of antibiotics and agriculture
• Strengthen appreciation and respect for different perspectives about antibiotics and agriculture
• Improve our collective ability to address the complexities of antibiotics and agriculture
• Develop an active network to continue dialogue and encourage progress
Leaders from this Forum continue to explore how Minnesota can serve as a national model by creating incentives and regulations for minimum use of antibiotics while maintaining optimal health for animals and humans.
How to Use this Report
This electronic report contains text summaries and videos from this Finding Common Ground Forum on Antibiotics and Agriculture. This report is designed not only to bring you information and reflections from the Forum, but also to provide ideas and resources for continuing the conversation in your spheres of influence.