Farm antibiotic use increased yet again in 2014. Farmers are now using 23% more antibiotics than they were in 2009.
For years, food purists, evangelists, activists, you name it, have been fighting to get the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to enforce oversight into the mega-food industry. The concern that arose thirty-five years ago pertained to the dangerous misuse of antibiotics in food, which scientists feared would lead to drug resistance.
Now, reports are saying the FDA might finally seal the deal — banning antibiotics by court mandate. The ruling, issued by Judge Theodore H. Katz of the Southern District of New York, may make antibiotic use in livestock much less prevalent.
Our friends over at Uji Films are working on a new documentary about our food system, and it sheds light on an issue that’s really close to my heart: antibiotic abuse on factory farms.
Fed up with the meat industry’s over-use of antibiotics, several environmental groups are suing the FDA for not taking more action on the issue.
Whew! Last week was a doozy, and my to do list is full of a whole range of food-related stories from across the Important Media Network and across the web that I wanted to share with you…