4:47 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

American Medical Association seeks stricter rules for antibiotics in farm animals

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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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6:00 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Field Notes: Antibiotics in meat and why Congress can't pass a farm bill

Leaders of the committee working on the farm bill announced they don't expect to pass a bill before they leave Washington for the year.
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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.

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6:00 am
Fri December 20, 2013

FDA pushing to limit livestock antibiotics

Bob and Sandy Young's hog barn near Buckhart, Ill.
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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.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:22 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Soil may be a source of antibiotic resistance

(Courtesy of the Research Center for Auditory and Vestibular Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, supported by National Institutes of Health NIDCD Grant no. P30DC04665)

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 5:02 pm

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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7:12 am
Thu January 19, 2012

FDA challenging the use of antibiotics in animals

Cows on Sally Angell's farm in Missouri eat feed without antibiotics.
Jessica Naudziunas Harvest Public Media

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.

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