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Dairy farm sustainability: The role of farm labour relations in shaping antibiotic use

Assistant Professor Rebecca Schewe, from Syracuse University, USA, explores the connection between fairy farm labour conditions and environmental sustainability, specifically prudent antibiotic use.

Concern about antibiotic resistance has led researchers and regulators to focus on potentially irresponsible antibiotic use in livestock sectors and high rates of antibiotic use on dairy farms. US and NZ dairy farms increasingly rely on non-family labour, particularly immigrant labour, and diagnosis and antibiotic treatment is often the responsibility of these workers. Using data from US dairy farms, she examines how exploitative labour conditions such as a lack of training, punitive management, and involuntary overtime may contribute to the imprudent use of antibiotics.

Dr Schewe is an Assistant Professor of Sociology, O’Hanley Faculty Scholar, and Senior Research Associate at the Center for Policy Research at Syracuse University. Her research examines how the major social institutions of the state, economy, and community structure our human interactions with ecosystems.

Date Thursday, 26 October 2017
Time 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Audience Public
Event Category Humanities
Event Type Open Seminar
DepartmentCentre for Sustainability
LocationCentre for Sustainability seminar room, 563 Castle Street
Contact NameNicki Topliss
Contact Phone+64 3 479 5220

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