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Animal Antibiotics

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 ...

Farming's Bitter Pill: Has the FDA Flouted Its Own Evidence About the Safety of Farm Antibiotics?

Andrew Gunther | Posted 01.28.2014 | Green
Andrew Gunther

A damning new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reveals that our government has been ignoring the very real risks to public hea...

Why I Joined The Food Movement

Madeleine Daepp | Posted 03.10.2014 | Taste
Madeleine Daepp

The farmer was a weathered, small-town sort of man, and I believed him when he told me that he treated his animals well. And then he took out his syringe of penicillin.

4 Ways the Food and Drug Administration Is Not 'Protecting and Promoting Your Health'

Carole Bartolotto | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Carole Bartolotto

The FDA is worried about poop, a basically free substance that can cure C. diff and potentially other inflammatory bowel diseases, but is fine with adding food additives, antibiotics, and GMOs to our food supply without adequate testing or conflict-of-interest-free determinations.

Antibiotic Resistance: How Industrial Agriculture Lies With Statistics

Robert Lawrence | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Lawrence

There is some uncertainty in these data, but not enough to escape the fact that the vast majority of antibiotics in this country are used in food animals, not to treat sick people.

More Data, Fewer Antibiotics Are Keys to Fighting Deadly Superbugs

Laura Rogers | Posted 04.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Laura Rogers

As our lawmakers in the Senate discuss the fees that companies will pay to help the FDA expedite drug reviews, they should also require those companies to provide information that helps the agency protect people from drug-resistant superbugs.

A New Year's Resolution: Put Animals on an Antibiotics Diet

Laura Rogers | Posted 02.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Laura Rogers

As Americans ring in the new year, many of us will resolve to get healthy. Meat and poultry producers can help -- by making a resolution to put their farm animals on an antibiotics diet.

FDA: Pull Back Big Pharma's Veil on Antibiotics Sold for Animal Feed

David Wallinga, M.D. | Posted 02.10.2013 | Healthy Living
David Wallinga, M.D.

So long as no one questions how and where antibiotics get used in food production, Big Pharma keeps profiting from selling more of these precious drugs than they ought to.

Obesity vs. Superbugs: Who Wins When the Food System Fails?

David Wallinga, M.D. | Posted 08.13.2012 | Food
David Wallinga, M.D.

Between public health epidemics costing the taxpayers tens of billions per year, there really is no winner. Who among us would wish a future for our children where they're crippled by fat or risk death from an ear infection?

Where Have All the Farms Gone?

Karen Steuer | Posted 05.27.2012 | Green
Karen Steuer

Long gone are the iconic scenes of American landscapes dotted with family farms and red barns. Most of these have been replaced by industrialized facilities controlled by large corporations that rely on concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

The FDA Fails the Public on Antibiotics Once Again

Andrew Gunther | Posted 03.10.2012 | Food
Andrew Gunther

While the FDA's decision to curb the use of cephalosporins in food animal production has been hailed as positive step, forgive me if you don't see me jumping for joy.

Stopping Superbugs: Time for Congress and Industry to Catch Up With American Consumers

David Wallinga, M.D. | Posted 02.15.2012 | Green
David Wallinga, M.D.

Today, American farmers raising animals without antibiotics do so despite policies that point them in the opposite direction. With this handicap, who will win out in the race to feed the global consumer who increasingly wants their meat antibiotic free?

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

Laurie David | Posted 08.08.2011 | Food
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?

How Decades Of Farm Animal Antibiotics Led To Deadly Superbugs

Grist |  Barry Estabrook | Posted 08.03.2011 | Food

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

The High Cost Of Cheap Meat

The New York Times | Posted 08.03.2011 | Food

The point of factory farming is cheap meat, made possible by confining large numbers of animals in small spaces. Perhaps the greatest hidden cost is i...

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.

Wake Up, Secretary Vilsack

Laurie David | Posted 07.09.2011 | Food
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.

Organic Chicken Has Less Salmonella Than Conventional Chicken, Study Says

The Huffington Post | Posted 02.06.2012 | Food

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

Meat Industry Unhappy About Limits On Antibiotics

The Washington Post | Karen Dillon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food

KANSAS CITY, MO. - For decades, factory farms have used antibiotics even in healthy animals to promote faster growth and prevent diseases that could s...

Cheap Protein: Are You Stuck in the Drive-Thru Lane?

Chris Elam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Chris Elam

If we're trying to be careful with our dollars while still managing to eat, is our last surest option the drive-thru lane -- or are there other possibilities?