07 Apr '11, 3pm

Tell your congressmen to ban the overuse of antibiotics in livestock and poultry

When my kids were growing up, I made sure to buy organic poultry, meat and dairy products. I prefer organic for a number of reasons, in particular that the non-therapeutic feeding of antibiotics to animals is prohibited. I’m glad I made the effort, even though organic foods often costs more. According to a recent study published in the journal, Foodborne Pathogens and Disease , chicken raised organically has less salmonella than chicken from conventional farms, and the salmonella it does have isn’t antibiotic resistant. The scenario playing out in my head was that one of my kids would get an infection, and I’d take him to the doctor, but the doctor could find not a single antibiotic with which to fight the infection, as the bacteria causing it had developed resistance. Panicky parent, you say? No, my concern is well founded. In fact, the salmonella strain that prompted a r...

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