05 Jan '12, 7pm

FDA Restricting Antibiotic Use in Livestock? Not really says new piece from @OnEarthMag

“F.D.A. Restricts Use of Antibiotics in Livestock ,” read the headlines earlier this week (specifically in the paper of record, the New York Times ). At face value, that seems like terrific news -- a complete reversal of the decision the Food and Drug Administration made just before the holidays. The week before Christmas, the agency reneged on a 35-year-old pledge to forbid farmers from administering low levels of antibiotics to livestock -- not to fight disease, but to increase the healthy animals’ growth rates. It’s been known for more than three decades that administering these sub-therapeutic doses to farm animals creates drug-resistant “superbugs” that can infect humans -- a serious concern of medical professionals (see “You Want Superbugs With That? ”). But dig a little deeper, and this week’s announcement seems more like a smokescreen than genuine action. In its pr...

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