Doing Good Through Food
Episode 27

How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats - with Maryn McKenna

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Our guest this week is with Maryn McKenna - an award winning independent journalist and an author who specialises in public health, global health and food policy.

Maryn is a Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University - and the author of the 2017 bestseller “Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats”, which was released in the UK in February this year as “Plucked! The Truth About Chicken”.

Her 2015 TED Talk"What do we do when antibiotics don't work any more?", has been viewed more than 1.5 million times and translated into 33 languages

In this episode we discuss:

  • How and why antibiotic resistance occurs
  • What a world without the antibiotics we rely on would look like
  • The link between food and antibiotic resistance
  • How antibiotics are used in meat farming
  • Why they are used largely in healthy animals
  • The farming practices that are needed if antibiotic use is to be reduced
  • How we can help the situation as consumers and as food industry professionals

If you are interested in the issues raised and would like to look into them more deeply, the place to begin is Maryn’s fantastic book: Plucked!

There are also a lot of resources, further reading etc available on her website

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