antibiotics

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The largest association of U.S. physicians is calling for tighter rules on antibiotic use in livestock. 

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This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which we talk about important issues related to food production.

FDA pushing to limit livestock antibiotics

Dec 20, 2013
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The FDA wants to phase out antibiotics in meat.

Regulators released a broad plan earlier this month, designed to prevent meat producers from using drugs that are also used to treat sick humans. That means some changes Midwest farmers and ranchers will have to get used to.

Soil may be a source of antibiotic resistance

Aug 31, 2012

Soil bacteria may be helping to make disease-causing bacteria resistant to antibiotics.

That’s according to a new study out of Washington University.

Lead researcher, microbiologist Gautam Dantas, says he and his colleagues found seven genes in farmland soil bacteria that are identical to genes in human pathogens – and that provide resistance to a wide range of antibiotics.

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The Food and Drug Administration is publishing an order this month that limits the way farmers can use certain antibiotics to treat animals, and eggs.