Dr. Robert Lawrence

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Dr. Robert S. Lawrence is Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, Health Policy, and International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the founding director of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future.  He was previously associate dean at the Bloomberg School, director of health sciences at the Rockefeller Foundation, chief of medicine at Cambridge Hospital, and founding director of the Division of Primary Care at Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Lawrence co-founded and currently chairs the board of directors of Physicians for Human Rights, which shared the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for its work to eliminate the use of anti-personnel landmines.  A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, he trained in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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On Oct. 28, Richard Raymond, the former Undersecretary for Food Safety at USDA, wrote a short piece about industrial agriculture, food safety, the recent Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) report about industrial livestock production, and (allegedly, although not really) feeding the world. In this op-ed, he took pains to characterize the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future as “incensed” and suggested that CLF is wrong on points of fact. Sigh.…
This piece is co-authored by Dr. Robert Lawrence and Tyler J. Smith of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. We read Dr. Richard Raymond’s recent article on antibiotic use in food animals with great interest.  Dr. Raymond is a physician who has served this country as Under Secretary for Food Safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, so we take his writing on this topic quite seriously. The number of inaccuracies in his…