06 Jun '11, 5pm

Healthy Animals Need #Antibiotics: Baloney (via @OnEarthMag)

I caught up the other day with Steven McDonnell, the CEO of Applegate Farms . He sells hot dogs and deli meats. When I buy sliced ham or turkey from the grocery store, I buy his, because none of the animals he sources for his meat products has ever received antibiotics. “We never use any antibiotics” he says, noting that if an animal gets sick, they’re treated but removed from the pool from which they source. "But truth is, less than 1 percent of our animals ever get sick.” This reality stands in stark contrast to claims by drug manufacturers and the farm lobby that the routine feeding of low doses of antibiotics to healthy farm animals is necessary in modern agriculture. And so I wanted to ask McDonnell what he thought of the amendment to a House bill passed June 2 that, on top of rolling back important obesity prevention measures and a landmark law to regulate the market...

Full article: http://www.onearth.org/blog/healthy-animals-need-antibiot...

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