Antibiotics were first massed-produced in the 1940s. Their ability to fight and kill bacteria revolutionized medicine and had profound effects on everything from agriculture to war. After less than 80 years, however, these miracle drugs are failing. Resistant infections kill hundreds of thousands of people around the world each year, and there are now dozens of so-called Superbugs each with its own challenges and costs. How did this happen? Using microscopic footage, harrowing personal stories, and expert insights RESISTANCE clarifies the problem of antibiotic resistance, how we got to this point, and what we can do to turn the tide.

Resistance

Did you know that antibiotic resistance may be the single biggest threat to health security in this century, or that Americans spend more than 8 million extra days in the hospital because of antibiotic resistance? Or that 80 % of all antibiotics sold in the US are used on conventional animal farms? These are just a few of the many important issues raised in Resistance, the Food Film Forum’s first screening of 2015.

Join us on Thursday, February 12th in Minor Hall Room 125 at 6:00 pm for a Relay Foods reception, for the film at 6:30, followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Amy Mathers, known as the antibiotic steward for the UVAHS, and community leader Ann Mallek, who faces the practical challenges of safe farming versus current agricultural practices.

Minor Hall is next to the amphitheater on UVA’s Main Grounds. Free parking is available a short walk away behind the Brown Engineering Library as well as across JPA beyond the South Lawn buildings; also for a small fee there is the Central Grounds parking garage at 400 Emmet, near Newcomb Hall. See the attached map for details.

The UVa Food Collaborative works to promote research, teaching, and community engagement around issues of food, agriculture and sustainability.