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Unlikely Champions Unite to Protect Antibiotics and Public Health

Skoll Foundation | Posted 01.18.2015 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

Outside of government efforts, an unlikely group of public health champions are partnering with Health Care Without Harm to help protect antibiotics: hospital food service directors and chefs.

Pork Industry Defends Antibiotics In Your Bacon

Reuters | P.J. Huffstutter | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics

By P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO, Oct 15 (Reuters) - A leading U.S. pork association will use an online marketing campaign to counter a cri...

Antibiotics In Infancy May Be Linked To Childhood Obesity

Posted 10.02.2014 | Parents

BY KATHRYN DOYLE NEW YORK Mon Sep 29, 2014 10:46pm EDT (Reuters Health) - Kids who receive several rounds of antibiotics before age two may be...

Can 'Prescriptive Evolution' Help Save Our World in the Anthropocene?

UCLA Inst. of the Environment and Sustainability | Posted 11.19.2014 | Green
UCLA Inst. of the Environment and Sustainability

Despite the great potential of prescriptive evolution, some have also raised objections to the manipulation of evolution on an ethical basis, criticizing it for influencing the "natural course" of evolution.

A Ticking Time Bomb: Eliminating Antibiotic Overuse in Animal Agriculture

Gary H. Cohen | Posted 11.19.2014 | Green
Gary H. Cohen

While antibiotics are an essential part of the health care we receive, the vast majority of antimicrobials are used for industrial animal agriculture -- around four times the amount used in human medicine.

REPORT: Major Farms Indiscriminately Use Antibiotics In Chicken Feed

Reuters | Posted 11.15.2014 | Green

(This story is the first in a series, "Farmaceuticals".) By Brian Grow and P.J. Huffstutter ATLANTA/CHICAGO, Sept 15 (Re...

Man-Made Evolution Is Happening -- It's Time to Control It

UCLA Inst. of the Environment and Sustainability | Posted 11.13.2014 | Green
UCLA Inst. of the Environment and Sustainability

Evolutionary biologists have news for anyone accustomed to thinking of evolution as a long-term proposition: Evolution also takes place on a day-to-day basis, and it's a tool we must use to keep drug-resistant diseases from spiraling out of control and to prevent mass extinctions.

The Increasing Threat of Factory Farms

Rachel Avalon | Posted 11.12.2014 | Green
Rachel Avalon

With ugly politics and intense greed blocking the way, it's up to us to turn things around and vote with our forks to better protect our own health, each other, and the planet we (as well as countless species) call home.

When Health Care Isn't Healing

Dr. Jeffrey McCombs | Posted 10.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jeffrey McCombs

The patient-centered model needs to replace the practice-centered model. The patient's health should be a higher priority than the doctor's rush to keep moving and fit as many people as possible into his schedule and his practice goals.

Your Doctor's Knee-Jerk Reflex: How Not to Get Kicked

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.20.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Clinical assessment that includes a test of the knee jerk reflex is fine. Clinical decisions driven by it are not, but they too, are out there.

If Your Fridge Dies, Should You Put Frogs In Your Milk?

Mother Nature Network | Russell McLendon | Posted 08.18.2014 | Green

This story originally appeared on Mother Nature Network. Milk can go bad four hours into a blackout, even if it's kept in a closed refrigerator. Bu...

Lynne Peeples

'Not What The Doctor Ordered'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 07.25.2014 | Green

Public health advocates are fuming over a new court ruling that they say could hasten the coming of the next pandemic. In a 2-1 decision released T...

Is Being Sick All in Your Head?

Dr. Jeffrey McCombs | Posted 09.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jeffrey McCombs

The view of antibiotics as a panacea for every illness is replaced with the awareness of the vital importance of the bacterial flora of the body in health. The downside of antibiotic use is revealed, and doctors discover that antibiotics can play a role in creating disease in the body, as well as preventing it.

Why The Makers of Animal Growth Hormones Shouldn't Control the Hunger Debate

Andy Bellatti | Posted 08.23.2014 | Green
Andy Bellatti

As long as the conversation about world hunger continues to center around -- and be dominated by -- the myth that we are not growing enough food, we can expect the problem to get worse.

Study: Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Found In Food For First Time

The Washington Post | Posted 06.11.2014 | Healthy Living

Researchers in Canada have discovered an antibiotic-resistant bacteria for the first time in a food product — raw squid — widening the potential e...

Making a Scary Future Without Antibiotics Real

David Wallinga, M.D. | Posted 08.04.2014 | Healthy Living
David Wallinga, M.D.

Resistance is a hard-to-grasp concept. Even harder, especially in a short clinic visit, is convincing a patient it's better to avoid antibiotics altogether, unless one really needs them.

Why Is the U.S. So Fat? Katie Couric Documentary Fed Up Seeks to Explain

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 07.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Martha Rosenberg

The U.S. government plays both sides of the obesity street -- admonishing people to eat right while pushing the foods that make them fat -- because of the USDA's double mission of protecting the nation's health and protecting the health of the nation's farmers.

Lynne Peeples

To Lead A Longer Life, Go With Your Gut

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 05.23.2014 | Green

The best predictor of our lifelong health may well be the bacteria that live within us. Specifically, the trillions of microbes that colonize our bodi...

David Freeman

LISTEN: How Our Obsession With Killing Bacteria Could Actually Be Killing Us

HuffingtonPost.com | David Freeman | Posted 05.20.2014 | Science

Dr. Martin J. Blaser has one big theory about a lot of little things. The little things are microorganisms--the estimated 100-plus trillion bacter...

A Family Farm, a Century and a Half Old, Leads the Way on Sustainable Meat

Sasha Lyutse | Posted 07.16.2014 | Green
Sasha Lyutse

In today's conventional meat industry, what passes for a "farm" is really more like a factory. But farmers and ranchers across the country show us every day that there is a better way to raise the chickens, pigs and cows that end up on our plates.

Trust Your Gut

Ann Reid | Posted 06.24.2014 | Science
Ann Reid

Quick: What do you say when someone tells you that your entire body is covered in bacteria? A) "Yuck!" or B) "Yay!" If your answer was A, you're not alone, but your gut would certainly disagree.

Why It's Time To Dump The 'Filthy Chicken Rule'

J. David Cox Sr. | Posted 06.23.2014 | Green
J. David Cox Sr.

Do you think any human can adequately inspect three birds every second to ensure they are free of feathers, feces, lesions, bile and other contaminants?

The Peterson Farm Bros' Beef With Chipotle (Part 3): The Definition Of A Humanely Raised Animal

Greg Peterson | Posted 06.08.2014 | Home
Greg Peterson

Any true livestock farmer will tell you that in order to make a profit in the livestock industry, you must treat your animals well. This is especially important in today's livestock economy, as higher buying costs and higher feed costs have allowed for a very thin margin of profit. If our animals are not treated with care, not kept healthy, and not kept comfortable, our slim, marginal chance of being a successful livestock farmer is absolutely destroyed.

A Major Win In The Fight Against Antibiotics In Your Food

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 03.27.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON (AP) — Twenty-five pharmaceutical companies are voluntarily phasing out the use of antibiotics for growth promotion in animals processed ...

California Factory Farms Are No Chicken Shangri-La

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 05.05.2014 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

Poultry, dairy and eggs are produced in an industrialized system that values profit and "economic efficiency" over food safety, animal welfare or fairness for farmers.