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In recognition of the United Nations’ General Assembly call to action and need to tackle global antimicrobial resistance, members of the global animal protein community met at the One Health Summit in Washington, D.C. As a result a path forward to meeting this challenge has been mapped.

Antimicrobial resistance occurs when microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change in ways that render the medications used to cure the infections they cause ineffective. When the microorganisms become resistant to most antimicrobials they are often referred to as “superbugs.” Resistant microbes are increasingly difficult to treat, requiring alternative medications or higher doses, which may be more costly or more toxic. Rising drug resistance can be attributed to abusive over use of antibiotics in the human and animal populations and spread of resistant strains between humans and non humans. With resistance to antibiotics becoming more common, there is a greater need for alternative treatments.

The World Health Organization concluded that inappropriate use of antibiotics in animal husbandry is an underlying contribution to the emergence and spread of antibiotic-resistant germs, and that the use of antibiotics as growth promoters in animal feeds should be restricted.

In a media statement issued from the participants of the One Health Summit in September, members of the global animal protein community pledged to support efforts to combat antimicrobial resistance as part of producing a safe, sustainable food supply by each doing their part to help maintain antibiotics’ long-term effectiveness to ensure the health of people, animals and that planet. The industry’s priorities are to develop global standards of responsible antibiotic use in livestock, and continue to identify new and better ways to care for animals to enhance animal welfare and reduce the need for antibiotics, including fostering an environment that stimulates innovation. Members of the signed agreement also aim to support increasing veterinary training and capacity, particularly in developing countries, to ensure proper use of antibiotics and other tools, and improve antimicrobial resistance monitoring and reporting to identify issues and track progress against resistance.


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Households headed by Millenial parents are the biggest organic-buying group, according to a survey by the Organic Trade Association. The food purchasing choices of these 18 to 34-year-olds are changing the landscape of the food industry. Knowledge about organic food is also growing across the generational spectrum of families, but Millenials in particular view themselves as very knowledgeable, with 8 in 10 reporting they are very well informed. With that knowledge comes a great deal of trust for the organic label. Parents’ trust in organic labeling is the strongest among Millenials of whom 60 percent say the organic label is an important part of how they shop for food. Their’s is the generation that grew up eating organic and seeing that organic label, so it is not surprising they have a greater knowledge of what it means to be organic and consequently a greater trust in the organic label.

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According to a recent Harris Poll, a majority of Americans say appearance is important when shopping for fresh produce, but due to the increasing priority of choosing healthier and more natural products, more people admit to being comfortable eating “ugly produce.” For some, this means transparency in labeling, opting for foods with basic ingredient lists or embracing fruits and vegetables, blemishes and all. Most say they are at least somewhat concerned about the issue of food waste. Choices Americans are making to solve the issue include using better storage for fresh produce, buying less food more frequently, better meal planning, and making smaller package sizes available in stores.

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A research team at Harvard University has broken through the paradigm barrier for transporting vaccines and other biomolecules used in diagnostics and therapy to rural areas that are difficult to reach or lacking electrical power to reach them in time without requiring refrigeration. This new portable molecular manufacturing method uses a freeze-dried process. It is a novel method that uses two types of freeze-dried pellets. The first kind of pellet contains the cell-free “machinery” that will synthesize the end product. The second kind contains DNA instructions to tell the “machinery” what compound to manufacture. When the two types of pellets are combined and rehydrated with water, the biomolecular manufacturing process in triggered. The pellets are extremely stable and safe for long-term storage at room temperature for at least a year.

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Other articles of interest in this Fall 2016 TMIS eNewsletter:

* Scientific poll shows voters think both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton fall short in stress tolerance, problem solving and perception of reality.

* Millenials, the younger generation, are far more likely to use digital health solutions and employee wellness programs than Gen Xers or Boomers.

* Chronic pain needs to be addressed first as the solution to over-prescribing opioids using an integrative patient-centered approach with access to insurance-covered non-pharmacologic treatments, not just a campaign to get doctors to stop prescribing them.

* Research has just discovered a connection to neurodegenerative diseases from human pathology caused by bacterial viruses; microbiota diseases from bacteriophage infection leads to “leaky gut” syndrome, a trigger associated with inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, autism, diabetes, heart conditions, rheumatoid arthritis and more in a manner that can now be considered contagious.

* DEA ban of natural herb Kratom could cause billions in industry losses and harm more than three million Americans.

* Rwandan president addressed the U.N. and stressed the need to uphold the climate accord, and work together to combat violent extremism by improving lives of women and increasing global access to the Internet.

* Study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found that sitting in the rear of a roller coaster may help pass small kidney stones.

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