April 17th, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
A new report released by the Environmental Working Group finds an alarming amount of the meat sold in U.S. supermarkets and restaurants contain high levels of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Read More:Report Finds High Levels of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in Meat
March 1st, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
The health and wellbeing of livestock and industrial farm animals is being largely overlooked by the world’s leading food companies, according to a “ground-breaking” report released by UK-based Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare.
Read More:Failed Animal Welfare Widespread in Food Industry, Cites New Report
February 22nd, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
Growing concerns over the excessive use of antibiotics in livestock animals have fueled both a national dialogue and an even greater global discussion about the drugs’ safety and efficacy. But, despite the public anxiety, factory farms show no sign of reducing antibiotic use.
Read More:Sales of Antibiotics for Livestock Animals Rose in 2012
January 4th, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
In the country’s ongoing Battle of the Bulge, leading culprits have been identified including our fast-food-obsession, those gigantic, sugary soft drinks, and trans fats. But what about antibiotics? Writing for Mother Jones, food and ag blogger, Tom Philpott, narrows in on the rising obesity epidemic and the use of antibiotics in factory farming. More than [...]
Read More:Obesity Connected to Antibiotics in Animal Products
December 12th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
While consumer concern over the widespread use of antibiotics in animal feed continues to rise, the FDA has become more secretive about providing the public with information regarding the sale of antibiotics for use in livestock feed, and it’s resulted in a lawsuit filed by the Government Accountability Project.
Read More:Concealed Data on Antibiotic Use in Animals Lands FDA in Court
August 10th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
A New York federal court has ruled that the FDA cannot delay its regulatory proceedings on determining the safety of antibiotics including penicillin and tetracyclines routinely used in industrial farming livestock animal feed.
Read More:FDA Must Speed its Process on Antibiotic Safety in Factory Farms, Court Rules
July 2nd, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
After documenting a number of health problems that his pigs developed on a diet made up mainly of genetically modified soy, Danish farmer Ib Borup Perderson transitioned his animals to a GMO-free diet, with noticeable changes appearing after just two days, reports the farming magazine Effektivt Landbrug.
Read More:Pigs’ Health Improved Drastically After Switching to a GMO-Free Diet
June 25th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
A new report released by Consumer Reports finds that most Americans want meat products that are sold in supermarkets to be antibiotic-free. The report, titled “Meat On Drugs: The Overuse of Antibiotics in Food Animals and What Supermarkets and Consumers Can Do to Stop It,” cites that 86 percent of those polled think antibiotic-free meat should be sold in major supermarket outlets, and more than one-third of those consumers would pay more money for it.
Read More:Most Everyone You Know Wants Antibiotics Out of Meat Says Consumer Reports
June 22nd, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
The NRDC (National Resources Defense Council) announced earlier this week that they’ve filed a Freedom of Information Act Lawsuit against the FDA claiming that the agency failed to disclose documents that could prove a significant human health risk exists when consuming animal products that contain high levels of antibiotics, which are routinely fed to livestock animals.
Read More:What Is The FDA NOT Telling Us About Antibiotics in Livestock Feed?
June 6th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Intensity over the issue of antibiotic use in animal feed has been heating up over just how much the government should intervene. And a recent ruling by a federal court has crystallized the severity, ordering the FDA to take further action in efforts to protect public health from the repercussions of excessive antibiotic use. The overuse of antibiotics has led to a growing number of antibiotic-resistant pathogens and concerns about effective use of the drugs to treat serious human health issues.
Read More:Prove They’re Safe Or Stop Using Them: Court Orders Major FDA Action on Antibiotics in Livestock Feed