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Documentary Explores Use of Antibiotics in Food Animals

On Tuesday night, PBS aired FRONTLINE’s two-part documentary exploring the increasing prevalence of antibiotic resistance. The first half of “The Trouble with Antibiotics” focused on the science and politics behind the widespread use of antibiotics in food animals, presenting the history of the practice and attempts to link human illnesses back to animal antibiotics. Highlighted… Continue Reading

Antibiotics and Animals Raised for Food: Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics


From what I have been reading lately, it appears to me that the next big fight over agriculture’s ability to provide consumers with plentiful, safe and affordable meat and poultry products will focus on the use of antibiotics in animals raised for food. And it also appears to me that the information being provided through… Continue Reading

Drug-Resistant Microbes Prevalent in Some Soils

Mounting scientific evidence shows that animal antibiotics are contributing to a rise in drug-resistant bacterial diseases among humans. But a new study out of Poland has found high levels of these antibiotic-proof pathogens in the natural environment as well. And yet again, animal antibiotics seem to be the culprit.  Researchers at the University of Warsaw… Continue Reading

EU Looks at Animal, Human Antibiotic Resistance

Scientists in the European Union have found that a high proportion of Campylobacter in humans is resistant to ciprofloxacin, an antibiotic critically important for the treatment of human diseases. That is a key finding of a report released jointly last week by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention… Continue Reading