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Giving Chickens Bacteria … To Keep Them Antibiotic-Free

Giving Chickens Bacteria … To Keep Them Antibiotic-Free

| September 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

What does it take to get chickens off antibiotics? According to Perdue Farms, an added dose of the “good bacteria” known as probiotics can help crowd out the harmful microbes that make a chicken sick.

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Perdue Says Its Hatching Chicks Are Off Antibiotics

Perdue Says Its Hatching Chicks Are Off Antibiotics

| September 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Perdue Farms, one of the country’s largest suppliers of chicken meat, says its hatcheries are working better now without antibiotics. Public health advocates call it “a big step” forward.

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The Lexicon of Sustainability: “Antibiotic-Free” featuring Bill & Nicolette Niman of BN Ranch

The Lexicon of Sustainability: “Antibiotic-Free” featuring Bill & Nicolette Niman of BN Ranch

| May 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

In the latest video from the Lexicon of Sustainability’s Douglas Gayeton, “Antibiotic-Free,” Bill and Nicolette Niman of BN Ranchshare their thoughts on the growing movement in the U.S. to remove sub-therapeutic antibiotics from American beef.

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Americans Want Antibiotic-Free Chicken, and the Industry is Listening

Americans Want Antibiotic-Free Chicken, and the Industry is Listening

| February 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Chick-fil-A’s plan to ditch antibiotics in its birds is part of a growing industry trend. Driving the growth is concern about the risks associated with routine use of antibiotics in farm animals.

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FDA Found Drugs Used In Food Animals To Be ‘High Risk’

FDA Found Drugs Used In Food Animals To Be ‘High Risk’

| January 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Documents show that Food and Drug Administration scientists allowed 18 drugs to be sold to farmers despite a risk to human health. Critics say the agency now needs to get companies to commit to phasing out the drugs given to animals at low doses to make them grow faster.

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Drug Companies Accept FDA Plan To Phase Out Some Animal Antibiotic Uses

Drug Companies Accept FDA Plan To Phase Out Some Animal Antibiotic Uses

| December 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Food and Drug Administration Wednesday advised companies to change the labels on their drugs to make it illegal for livestock producers to use drugs for “growth promotion” or “feed efficiency.” The announcement is the latest step in a long-running effort by the FDA to reduce the use of antibiotics in agriculture.

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Why Are Pig Farmers Still Using Growth-Promoting Drugs?

Why Are Pig Farmers Still Using Growth-Promoting Drugs?

| November 5, 2013 | 1 Comment

There’s a curious twist in the contentious debate over feeding antibiotics to animals in order to make them grow faster. Evidence suggests using antibiotics for growth promotion, at least among pigs, doesn’t even make economic sense. But some pork producers don’t believe it.

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Report: Meat Producers Ignore Pleas For Health, Environmental Reform

Report: Meat Producers Ignore Pleas For Health, Environmental Reform

| October 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

A commission evaluating the impacts of animal agriculture says the industry has resisted change. And it says government agencies have failed to regulate the industry’s environmental and health practices because of “overwhelming” political influence.

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CDC: Deadliest Drug Resistance Comes From Hospitals, Not Farms

CDC: Deadliest Drug Resistance Comes From Hospitals, Not Farms

| September 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

The agency said that the most problematic resistant bacteria are emerging in hospitals. But it also called bacteria that have become resistant to drugs used on the farm a “serious threat.”

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Antibiotic Use On The Farm: Are We Flying Blind?

Antibiotic Use On The Farm: Are We Flying Blind?

| August 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

No one knows exactly how farmers use antibiotics. Many public health experts say the government should collect and publish detailed information because antibiotic-resistant bacteria are an increasingly urgent problem. But many farm groups are opposed.

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Chipotle Is Keeping Its Meat Antibiotic-Free After All

Chipotle Is Keeping Its Meat Antibiotic-Free After All

| August 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

Chipotle isn’t changing its ban on meat raised with antibiotics after all, despite headlines to the contrary, a spokesman for the Mexican-fast-food chain tells NPR. According to an official statement from Chipotle, the chain’s antibiotic ban still stands. For now.

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Are Antibiotics On The Farm Risky Business?

Are Antibiotics On The Farm Risky Business?

| July 11, 2013 | 1 Comment

Farmers give antibiotics routinely to pigs, beef cattle and poultry. They say the drugs help keep animals healthy and get them to market faster. Others say this practice practically guarantees that bacteria will develop resistance to these antibiotics more quickly, endangering human lives and the long-term viability of the drugs.

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Surprise: Organic Apples And Pears Aren’t Free Of Antibiotics

Surprise: Organic Apples And Pears Aren’t Free Of Antibiotics

| April 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Both fruits are vulnerable to a nasty disease called fire blight that can devastate orchards. So organic labeling standards allow for antibiotics to be used on apple and pear trees. That exemption is set to end in 2014 — but growers say they need a little more time.

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