Header graphic for print

Food Safety News

Breaking news for everyone's consumption

animal agriculture

Food Safety News Readers Provide Astute Commentary on Animal Agriculture



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… Continue Reading

Advances in Animal Agriculture Help to Feed the World



James Andrews recently had a very well-written piece on Food Safety News covering the press conference held by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CFL) regarding the Pew Commission report written five years ago. It was well-written and well-researched, but that does not mean I agree with all the comments made. The CFL… Continue Reading

Report: Problems Posed by Animal Agriculture Have Worsened in Recent Years


In the past five years, policies by the Obama administration and Congress have worsened the problems that animal agriculture poses to public health, the environment and animal welfare, according to a new report by the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production. The new report, released Tuesday, serves as an update to a 2008 report… Continue Reading

Concerns About Animal Welfare, Food Safety Spur Industry Changes


The 42 Good Husbandry Grants recently awarded by Animal Welfare Approved to farms and slaughter plants across the country are yet another sign of changes occurring in the livestock industry. “It’s really a testament to how agriculture is transitioning from industrialized to pasture-based,” said AWA program director Andrew Gunther, referring to the many applications the organization received… Continue Reading

Indiana Lawmakers Went Home this AM Without “Ag-Gag”


The Indiana General Assembly early this morning adjourned for the year without passing any version of a proposed “ag-gag” law, including a tougher version that was favored by the Senate. When Senate Bill 373 passed in the Senate again Friday on a 29-to-21 vote, the measure went over to House. In the House debate that… Continue Reading

Common Ground Exists in Drug Resistance Debate: Response to Pew Op-Ed



To some, the ongoing debate over the use of antibiotics in animals raised for food is like the sign post in the Wizard of Oz — pointing in opposite directions. But from reading “Antibiotics in Food Animal Production: Pew’s Response to Raymond Op-Ed,” Jan.11, there is violent agreement between PEW and the animal health industry…. Continue Reading

Center for a Livable Future Response to Raymond Op-Ed



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…. Continue Reading

STOP Foodborne Illness Seeks Victims of Antibiotic Resistance


STOP Foodborne Illness, a Chicago-based nonprofit public health organization, is looking for victims of foodborne illness whose treatments had to be extended because of antibiotic resistance. “Doctors and other health experts have warned for years about the overuse of antibiotics to treat illness, which contributes to the rise of ‘super bugs’ resistant to the healing… Continue Reading

“Get Smart About Antibiotics Week” Likely to Produce Dialogue on Animal Drugs


This week marks the fifth annual “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week,” so named by the federal government in 2008. Before it’s over, a dialogue could break out between urban consumers and food animal producers over agriculture’s use of antibiotics and growing concerns about antibiotic resistance. First, a quick look at a couple of the main players. Consumers… Continue Reading

The Other Side of Antimicrobial Resistance



An editorial was recently published by Food Safety News entitled “Letter from the Editor: Antibiotic Resistance” (1). For the most part, I agree with this article. However, there are a few points that I think need clarification. I will use a “point-counterpoint” approach, although not all of these counterpoints are arguments. Point: “Antibiotics are integral… Continue Reading