Monday, January 23, 2012

Pigs on pills

Agricultural use of antibiotics for growth promotion is back in the news this week because of a paper published in PNAS this week: In-feed antibiotic effects on the swine intestinal microbiome
This comes hot on the heels of the failure of the FDA to take a harder line against big business on the topic. In fact the Atlantic has an article on this subject today: The Rise of Antibiotic Resistance: Consequences of FDA's Inaction
By allowing big food to self-regulate when it comes to using antibiotics as a growth promoter in animals, the FDA is setting us up for disaster.

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