Is the FDA about to ban antibiotics for cows? Maryn McKenna explains ...

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13 Responses to “Is the FDA about to ban antibiotics for cows? Maryn McKenna explains ...”

  1. Anonymous says:

    They should ban factory farms instead.

  2. Anonymous says:

    And see that funky tongue? That’s what they use to make “all natural” melatonin supplements. Don’t take them.

  3. Saint Fnordius says:

    Sorry, Ugly Canuck, but we humans are all too capable of thinking “if I don’t, the next guy will” and going along with the unsavory plan. It’s the rancher afraid of losing out to the (capital C) Competition, the veterinarian afraid a less ethical vet will take his place, and so on.

    Some really are amoral, but some think they are trapped in a moral dilemma.

    • ocschwar says:

      “Sorry, Ugly Canuck, but we humans are all too capable of thinking “if I don’t, the next guy will” and going along with the unsavory plan. It’s the rancher afraid of losing out to the (capital C) Competition, the veterinarian afraid a less ethical vet will take his place, and so on.”

      This is why professions have organizations to manage self-regulation. It’s a solved problem. It’s just the solution needs implementing.

  4. randalll says:

    Considering the meat industry forces farmers into debt slavery and bankrupts them if they even so much as agree to an on camera interview, I’m sure the industry veterinarians will be given free reign to change production methods to suit the health of the animals.

    sarcasm

    • AirPillo says:

      It’s not just the ranchers that are the industry’s bitch. Some state legislatures have seriously tabled laws that would make it a felony to “slander” the meat industry, and we all know how wide a net corporations cast with regards to what is slandering their business.

      That I am aware of none have passed to date, but they bought enough power to have such a thing brought to debate with a straight face and sincere intention to try and pass it.

      Raise a damn finger against them and they will destroy you.

      If the meat folks weren’t bad enough, want to grow a commodity crop like corn or soybeans? It’s de-facto illegal to grow seed that isn’t Monsanto’s. If they don’t nail you for your neighbor’s pollen landing in your fields (which is your problem, and you are legally responsible for it), they just make baseless claims that you’re illegally using their seed and throw money at the case until you drown under the cost of your defense. The people who fight usually just end up having to pay their defense bill plus the settlement they end up agreeing to when they can’t afford to struggle anymore.

      Food companies own the FDA and they own each and every American citizen, until they put hand to ballot to fix the problem.

  5. bacon says:

    USA Today wrote an article yesterday about the effects of antibiotics on digestive bacteria.

    http://www.usatoday.com/yourlife/health/medical/treatments/2010-09-14-antibiotics-digestive_N.htm

    Would be interesting to see the results of a study of methane production in livestock raised using antibiotics for growth promotion compared to methane production in livestock raised without antibiotics – might be another reason to stop over-using antibiotics, in addition to preventing the development of resistant bacteria.

  6. Anonymous says:

    BB’s “shocked cat” image would have been great in the background of this one. Where did our little feline friend go?

  7. RHK says:

    Will never happen, too many dollars at stake – no pun intended.

    • Ugly Canuck says:

      Oh I see: you think they’ll strangle this gold-egg-laying goose, too.
      I don’t. The veterinarians know better than to do or allow that to happen.
      People DO learn, you know.

  8. AirPillo says:

    Most Americans don’t even realize that the FDA has very little power over their food.

    According to the courts, the FDA doesn’t even have the authority to shut down slaughterhouses which repeatedly cause severe disease outbreaks.

    If you want safe food, it’s in your own hands. The FDA is too impotent to help you.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Voluntary guidelines are meaningless. The FDA has become industry’s bitch. Even with a dozen existing antibiotics to treat bovine respiratory disease, Stephen Sundlof was willing to overrule the FDA’s own scientists to approve cefquinome in 2007, risking the whole emerging fourth-generation of cephalosporins, and the third generation at the same time. The group Keep Antibiotics Working has compiled 29 pages worth of coverage of the story in the mainstream media, available here:
    http://www.keepantibioticsworking.com/new/resources_library.cfm?RefID=98776

  10. Anonymous says:

    “No, they’re not banning antibiotic use; what they’re talking about is voluntary guidelines…”
    So basically it’s just a lot of arm waving, hot air and bullshit and nothing is going to change.

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