As a child I had strep throat on a regular basis. The doctor would diagnose me by putting a giant Q-tip into the back of my throat to check for bacteria. I was given penicillin, amoxicillin, and tetracycline - at least those are the names of the antibiotics that I remember.
The EPA is taking public comments on the pesticide Triclosan, which may be, among other things, an endocrin disruptor and is ubiquitous in the environment.
Confirmed by the FDA: In the US, 80% of all antimicrobial drugs are administered to animals. Yet another way in which industrial livestock production threatens human health.
Triclosan is back in the news because the FDA is evaluating its safety. Results of the review will be out at the end of 2012. The EPA has yet to report on it’s review.
Barring any cataclysmic events, here are our predicted trends for 2012 in Food, Water and Energy (Fwenergy, if you will). And while there are no doomsday scenarios, not everything looks rosy for 2012.
Scientists decry the industrial livestock sector's misuse of antibiotics, which promotes the proliferation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and threatens public health.
Should the poultry industry be responsible for policing itself? The presence of banned antibiotics in the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future/Arizona State University feather meal study released last week would seem to suggest not.
Factory farms administer antibiotics to farm animals to promote growth and compensate for filthy conditions. Learn how this threatens human health.
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Consumers Union released the report, "Meat on Drugs" and, in partnership with FixFood, launched the Meat Without Drugs campaign to inspire action.
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.
From antibiotic resistance to arsenic contamination, learn how industrial agriculture threatens public health.
Increasingly large and frequent outbreaks of foodborne illness demonstrate industrial agriculture's failure to provide safe food. Learn how food safety is addressed now - and how these efforts should be improved.
Industrial agriculture is among the leading sources of water pollution in the United States today.
Bacteria are everywhere, including on the skin and in the digestive system of humans. While bacteria are critical to normal bodily functions, some types can cause illness. In humans, antibiotics are used to treat health conditions caused by bacteria, including ear and skin infections, food poisoning, pneumonia, meningitis and other serious illnesses. Antibiotics are also used to treat or prevent infections that can complicate critical medical procedures including surgery, cancer therapy, and transplants.
Dr. Robert S. Lawrence, professor of Environmental Health Sciences, Health Policy, and International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and founding director of the Center for a Livable Future, writes: "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."