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Ralph Loglisci is a project director at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. He is a regular contributor for the Livable Future Blog and Civil Eats. Ralph has worn many hats over the years and writes about issues ranging from food politics to obesity and health behavior. He was the communications director for the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production and before that spent almost 15 years as an Emmy Award winning TV news producer.

The editors of Scientific American recently encouraged U.S. hog farmers to “follow Denmark and stop giving farm animals low-dose antibiotics.” Sixteen years ago, in order to reduce the threat of increased development of antibiotic resistant bacteria in their food system and the environment, Denmark phased in an antibiotic growth promotant ban in food animal production.…

Antibiotics, one of the world’s greatest medical discoveries, are slowly losing their effectiveness in fighting bacterial infections and the massive use of the drugs in food animals may be the biggest culprit.  The growing threat of antibiotic resistance is largely due to the misuse and overuse of antibiotics in both people and animals, which leads …

It is time for some straight talk about the risks of using massive amounts of antibiotics in livestock and poultry.  I don’t know one infectious disease expert who would disagree that there are direct links between antibiotic use in food animals and antibiotic resistance in people.  Period.

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