agriculture and public health
Large factory farms regularly give massive amounts of antibiotics to healthy farm animals, and meat from those animals is then served to you at restaurants like KFC, Burger King and Dunkin' Donuts. It's time to tell them to stop! Check out Consumers Union's new antibiotic scorecard to learn more.
As owner and operator of over 1,500 restaurants serving over 320 million meals per year, Darden Restaurants is in a position to take major steps to reduce antibiotic use. Tell Darden: "No more meat raised with routine antibiotics!"
We recently learned four surprising facts about the use of antibiotics in our food system - and we're willing to bet they'll surprise you, too. Read on for some important things to know about antibiotics and our global food system.
While food directly impacts health, the US healthcare system fails to address the importance of food as a preventative tool in personal and public health. Dr. Robert Graham spoke with us about his work to bring a more sustainable approach to medicine, and explained why sustainable food can play a big role in keeping people healthy.
How do officers of publicly traded pharmaceutical companies reconcile protecting vital antibiotic drugs with their corporate responsibility to boost market share and profitability? Andrew Gunther of Animal Welfare Approved says they don't, and the current federal-industry pact won't stop the ongoing abuse of antibiotics in farming.
The WHO has released a landmark, 256-page report warning that the world may be headed for a post-antibiotic era. According to the CDC, two-thirds of patients afflicted by a recent Salmonella outbreak linked to Foster Farms tested resistant to one or more antibiotics.
Chip and Sophia hang out with one of his cows and we find out what's behind his passion for sustainable ag and farming. But will good food advocates be able to stop Animoil's Mega Farm? And does Buck Marshall root for the machines when he watches The Matrix?
In the wake of reports from the CDC and Johns Hopkins on the urgent threat of antibiotic resistant infections, the pressure is on America's biggest retailer to tackle the antibiotics overuse problem in meat production.
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and GRACE are partnering to pose this challenge to the hackers at Hack//Meat SV: How can we find, recruit and empower a million consumer activists to demand meat without antibiotics?
Just when you thought the market for controversy over genetically modified organisms (GMOs) was completely saturated, a new study published in the Journal of Organic Systems finds that pigs raised on a mixed diet of GM corn and GM soy had higher rates of digestive and reproductive health problems.
Maybe it's time we demanded a health warning on intensively produced meat products. Because when it comes to the link between modern so-called science-based industrial livestock farming and the rise of life-threatening antibiotic resistant bacteria, the evidence just keeps on coming.
The impacts of industrial agriculture are a regular topic of discussion here on Ecocentric, but we've never delved into the complex relationship and alarming connections between our drug industry and our food industry, so we decided to take a look.
Consumers Union released the report, "Meat on Drugs" and, in partnership with FixFood, launched the Meat Without Drugs campaign to inspire action.
We've been talking about corporate "greenwashing" for a while, now, but if food activists have been hard at work talking to consumers about food systems, so have food marketers.
Scientists decry the industrial livestock sector's misuse of antibiotics, which promotes the proliferation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and threatens public health.
City folk are now peeing glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup - but that isn't the only news that's garnered Monsanto headlines recently. Here's a "roundup" (ouch) of important Monsanto and GMO news.