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Monday, March 16, 2009

More on livestock antibiotics

I had not read today's paper when I posted earlier.  More on the subject, from Kristof.

Seventy percent of all antibiotics in the United States go to healthy livestock, according to a careful study by the Union of Concerned Scientists — and that’s one reason we’re seeing the rise of pathogens that defy antibiotics...

Unlike Europe and even South Korea, the United States still bows to agribusiness interests by permitting the nontherapeutic use of antibiotics in animal feed.

I hope that this high profile unmasking means some real action will be taken.  This is not a practice we can afford to continue.

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