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Matthew Wellington is the Program Director for U.S. PIRG in its work to reduce antibiotic use in industrial agriculture.
In his role, Matt works to build relationships with key stakeholders across the country including medical professionals, responsible farmers, and food industry leaders to demonstrate support for and trigger movement toward more responsible antibiotics use. He also oversees campaign operations with hundreds of organizers and volunteers across the country to eliminate routine antibiotic use in industrial agriculture.
Matt’s work has resulted in hundreds of thousands of people promoting antibiotic stewardship through grassroots actions including petitions and social media actions. He has elevated the issue of antibiotic overuse by earning coverage in top media outlets including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, Politico, the Baltimore Sun, and more. Matt has also been featured as a guest speaker at the American Medical Students Association annual and regional conventions and has presented on panels at Yale University, Brandeis University, and University of Massachusetts Amherst and Lowell campuses.
U.S. PIRG has identified more than 40,000 health professionals that have taken action on the issue of antibiotic overuse. Matt works to engage health professionals more deeply across the country, and as a result has launched a new project—the Health Professional Action Network (HPAN). HPAN will weigh in on efforts to protect public health, serve as a credible voice for science based policy solutions, and help to engage the medical and health communities at large in effective advocacy.
Matt has directed successful consumer campaigns that resulted in some of the largest restaurant chains in the U.S. committing to phase antibiotic use out of their meat supply chains. In the last two years he has helped convince both Subway and KFC to greatly reduce the use of antibiotics in their meat supply. These commitments from major corporate actors help to push the meat industry away from overusing our life-saving medicines.
Prior to joining U.S. PIRG, Matt worked with MASSPIRG Students and Maryland PIRG on issues including recycling, getting toxic chemicals out of children’s products, and advocating for a 21st century transportation system.
He graduated from Manhattan College with a B.A. and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa chapter.
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