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"Safe" Food Isn't Our Real Problem

Fedele Bauccio | Posted 08.17.2011 | Home
Fedele Bauccio

Peter Coclanis argued recently in the Wall Street Journal that "American food is much safer than you think," and by American food, he means our "much ...

Factory Farming Is Manufacturing Superbugs -- and Endangering Us All

Johann Hari | Posted 08.17.2011 | Green
Johann Hari

The squandering of life-saving antibiotics is one example of a bigger trend hijacking global politics. Small groups of rich people, determined to maximize profits, are buying or bamboozling politicians into serving their interests and into ignoring ours.

Tea Party Leaders in House Resume Their Assault on Environmental Safeguards

Frances Beinecke | Posted 08.13.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

House Republican leaders and their Tea Party colleagues are working to block any effort to update the protections that keep our air and water clean.

Montana, Could Your Congressman's Actions Someday Make Your Child Sick?

Laurie David | Posted 08.08.2011 | Home
Laurie David

Why should parents take more chances of their children getting sick because we are squandering their best medicines to fatten animals faster? Is this really what Montanans elected their sole congressman to do?

Fueling Resistance: Rx. for Trouble

David Wallinga, M.D. | Posted 08.06.2011 | Home
David Wallinga, M.D.

Some producers fermenting corn into ethanol add human antibiotics to their fermentation tanks. Why? To control bacteria in the tanks, which can reduce their yields if they get out of control.

How Decades Of Farm Animal Antibiotics Led To Deadly Superbugs

Grist |  Barry Estabrook | Posted 08.03.2011 | Home

... Even though Levy had added only tetracycline to the feed, his chickens had somehow developed what scientists now call "multi-drug resistance" to a...

Groups Sue FDA for Putting Pigs Before People

Laurie David | Posted 07.26.2011 | Green
Laurie David

Force-feeding prescription drugs to healthy people, just to make them grow faster, would be considered ludicrous by any doctor. Possibly even criminal. But the FDA allows factory farms to essentially to just that.

Lawsuit Filed to Preserve Antibiotics for Sick People, Not Healthy Livestock

Peter Lehner | Posted 07.25.2011 | Green
Peter Lehner

We want the FDA to follow its own safety findings and withdraw approval for most non-therapeutic uses of penicillin and tetracyclines in animal feed.

Antibiotics In Animal Feed Blamed For Dangerous Antibiotic Resistance

AP | By LARRY NEUMEISTER | Posted 07.25.2011 | Healthy Living

NEW YORK -- A "growing and dangerous" trend of antibiotic resistance among humans that has been traced in part to the overuse of antibiotics in animal...

Wake Up, Secretary Vilsack

Laurie David | Posted 07.09.2011 | Home
Laurie David

Knowing Secretary Tom Vilsack's passion for helping the people who live in rural communities, there is no larger issue for him to focus his attention on than protecting those communities from antibiotic-resistant bacteria sourced from food animals.

Stop Drug-Resisant Staph From Spoiling Your Holiday Roast!

Mindy Pennybacker | Posted 06.19.2011 | Home
Mindy Pennybacker

A meat-free diet sounds better than ever, following the recent news about the pervasiveness of drug-resistant staphylococcus bacteria in U.S. meat and poultry.

This Is the Game Changer!

Laurie David | Posted 06.18.2011 | Home
Laurie David

It's hard to shock me, but when I read the report on Friday that almost half of the meat and poultry we're buying at our local grocery stores is contaminated with Staph bacteria, I had to let out a scream of frustration.

Drug-Resistant Bacteria in Half Your Meat? Time for Congress to Act

David Kirby | Posted 06.15.2011 | Home
David Kirby

Maybe now the average American consumer will finally take note, and demand that Congress do something. Candidate Obama ran in support of an antibiotic ban in 2008, but has done little to advance the cause since then.

Mother Gets Prison Time For Smearing Human Fecal Matter On Daughter's IV Catheter

AP | Posted 06.04.2011 | Home

AUSTIN, Texas -- An Austin woman who authorities say was caught on tape smearing human feces on her then-3-year-old daughter's IV catheter was sentenc...

Organic Chicken Has Less Salmonella Than Conventional Chicken, Study Says

The Huffington Post | Posted 02.06.2012 | Home

There is less salmonella in live organic chicken than in conventionally raised live chickens, according to a study published in the journal Foodborne ...

Florida: Could Photo of Pigpen Get You 30 Years in the State Pen?

Scott Edwards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Scott Edwards

Senator Norman's misguided bill is yet another attempt to keep a tight, dark lid on the many, many wrongs being committed today by the factory farming industry.

Today's Food System: All Drugged Up

Laurie David | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Laurie David

There's something seriously wrong with a food system that requires 80 percent of the country's antibiotics just to maintain itself. This food isn't healthy, and it's making -- and keeping -- us sick.

Green News Report: March 1, 2011 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Dems call...

Treating Patients With Antibiotics

Lisa Rosenbaum, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lisa Rosenbaum, M.D.

How do we reconcile the desire to satisfy our patients with the imperative to provide necessary and effective care?

Feeding Animals Antibiotics: Not Helping U.S. Meat Export

David Wallinga, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Wallinga, M.D.

Most of our "medically important" antibiotics, like penicillins, tetracyclines and erythromycins, are used in animals, not people. And, nearly all of these are routine uses are in feed for animals that are not clinically sick.

The Antibiotics Crisis

Dan Rather | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dan Rather

Some have called antibiotics the greatest medical advance ever. But now, public health officials are warning that our decades-long love affair with these drugs is rendering them useless.

Antibiotic Shown To Relieve Common Bowel Disorder

AP | STEPHANIE NANO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

NEW YORK — New research found two weeks of treatment with an antibiotic relieves symptoms for some sufferers of irritable bowel syndrome, a poor...

Your Holiday Ham -- Raised on Suffering, Salmonella and Drugs?

David Kirby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Kirby

Pig producers who sell meat to Russia must wean their animals off antibiotics at least two weeks prior to slaughter. Japan requires a four-week flush-out period. This begs the question, what do the Russians and Japanese know about meat that we don't?

29 MILLION Pounds Of Antibiotics Given To Farm Animals In 2009

Marion Nestle at The Atlantic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

I was interested to read FoodSafetyNews yesterday morning and learn about the FDA's new count of the number and pounds of antibiotics used to promote ...

Understanding The Pros And Cons Of Antibiotics

Dr. Cara Natterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dr. Cara Natterson

The antibiotic rejecters generally understand the concepts of inappropriate antibiotic use and resistance, but their rationale isn't completely right either. This group will do anything possible to avoid the use of antibiotics.