IF you walk into a farm-supply store today, you’re likely to find a bag of antibiotic powder that claims to boost the growth of poultry and livestock. That’s because decades of agricultural research has shown that antibiotics seem to flip a switch in young animals’ bodies, helping them pack on pounds. Manufacturers brag about the miraculous effects of feeding antibiotics to chicks and nursing calves. Dusty agricultural journals attest to the ways in which the drugs can act like a kind of superfood to produce cheap meat.
But what if that meat is us?
posted by brenton
on Mar 13, 2014 -
For a long time, there have been newspaper stories and covers of magazines that talked about “The end of antibiotics, question mark?” Well, now I would say you can change the title to “The end of antibiotics, period.”
posted by Memo
on Oct 24, 2013 -
"Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become
infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at
least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these
infections. Many more people die from other conditions that were
complicated by an antibiotic-resistant infection.
" This week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Antibiotic resistance threats in the United States, 2013
, a first-ever snapshot of the burden and threats posed by the antibiotic-resistant germs having the most impact on human health. "If we’re not careful, the medicine chest will be empty when we go there to look for a life-saving antibiotic
,” CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden told reporters. Reports in the Washington Post
and New York Times
. (Also previously
.) [more inside]
posted by RedOrGreen
on Sep 20, 2013 -
Worried about the widespread use of antibiotics used in the raising of steer, pigs and poultry, and fearing the rise of antibiotic-resistant illness, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration began the process of withdrawing its approval
for the non-medical use of penicillin
(scribd, posted by Wired magazine's Maryn McKenna in conjunction with one of her posts
on this issue).
That was in 1977. The FDA stopped pursuing the process, and antibiotics have continued to be given in feed. But a recent court order may allow the FDA to oversee a major change to the system. [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes
on Jun 26, 2012 -
Welcome to a world where the drugs don't work - it's here, today.
'A new wave of "super superbugs" with a mutation called NDM 1, which first emerged in India, has now turned up all over the world, from Britain to New Zealand.''After Alexander Fleming's 1928 discovery of the first antibiotic, penicillin, we quickly came to assume we had the chemicals to beat bacteria. Sure, bugs evolve to develop resistance. But for decades scientists have managed to develop new medicines to stay at least one step ahead of an ever-mutating enemy. Now, though, we may be running out of road.' [more inside]
posted by VikingSword
on Apr 1, 2011 -
Worried about antibiotics in your beef? Organic vegetables
(and pirated honey
) may be no better. 90% of animal antibiotics are excreted as dung which is then used as fertilizer. The amounts are smaller but cumulative, particularly in potatoes, lettuce.
posted by stbalbach
on Jan 9, 2009 -
Anthrax (the band) offered a deal
Anthrax has been contacted by makers of the anti-biotic Cipro, a drug used to combat the deadly agent. The company, Bayer, inquired about possibly placing banner ads for their suddenly-in-demand pill at Anthrax's homepage, according to a report on the Rolling Stone website.
Wasn't Bayer in the courts a while back for alleged involvement in the Holocaust of WW2? Maybe they were really onto something with the 'Not tested on animals' disclaimer.
posted by skinsuit
on Oct 14, 2001 -