PHOTO COURTESY OF FOOD & WATER WATCH
March 10th Food & Water Watch activists stand with Ward 3 Councilman Joe Cimperman, Council President Kevin Kelly, Director Karen Butler of the Cleveland Department of Public Health, and Mayor Jackson at Cleveland City Hall after Councilman Cimperman introduced a resolution calling for federal action on the issue of antibiotic overuse on factory farms. Cleveland City Council passed the resolution a week later at its March 17th meeting. Cleveland is the second city in the nation to pass such a resolution. In introducing the legislation, Cimperman said, “Antibiotic resistant bacteria are a pressing public health issue. It is about time we educate the public and make changes in the regulation of the practices that cause these issues. To slow the growth of antibiotic resistant infections and improve the health of Americans, we must ban the nontherapeutic use of antibiotics on a state and national level.” To celebrate the passage of the legislation, Food and Water Watch will be hosting a Town Hall Forum and potluck on Thursday, April 3rd from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Trinity Commons, 2230 Euclid Ave.