Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Antibiotics and animal rights

Antibiotic resistance is one of the growing scientific/environmental problems in our world. The CDC has a good explanation here: http://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/ There's a short graphical explanation of the issue here: http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/article/bergstrom_03

In the past few days, I've noticed several articles on this topic.

1. The FDA is taking a closer look at "antibacterial" soap that may be causing more problems than it solves.

2. Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem, as the FDA explains here:

3. The FDA is seeking to stop the practice of giving antibiotics to livestock purely to boost growth (although treating animals for diseases is fine).

4. Because antibiotic resistance is such a huge problem, scientists are developing new forms of antibiotics, including use of silver and evaluation of genetic sequencing of bacteria. We may end up with GMO bacteria that will prevent harmful bacteria from infecting people. The WSJ provides an analysis, along with graphics, here:


5. A pizza manufacturer cut ties to a farm that was abusing animals:


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