28 Dec '11, 3pm

Ignoring Decades of Science, FDA Drops Plan to Curb Antibiotics In Livestock (via @OnEarthMag)

The Food and Drug Administration has done everything in its power to prevent you from reading this post. Just before the holidays, the agency charged with protecting Americans’ health reneged on a 35-year-old pledge to order farmers to stop feeding low levels of antibiotics to healthy livestock. These antibiotics have little to do with curing disease. They're used mainly to increase healthy animals’ growth rates. Since 1976, scientific study after scientific study has shown that the widespread “subtherapeutic” use of antibiotics leads to the development of mutant superbugs. These diseases are resistant to drugs that have saved millions of human lives. Continuing to give antibiotics to healthy livestock is a major human health crisis in the making. (See "You Want Superbugs With That? ") The FDA's decision to take no action to avert this crisis comes at a time when the case ...

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