Two weeks ago I participated in a forum on the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture. Sponsored by a pharmaceutical industry trade group (and held in a steakhouse, no less), it pitted me against National Pork Producer's Association director Dr. Jennifer Greiner, former USDA administrator and current AVMA executive Dr. Ron DeHaven, Dr. Bernadette Dunham, the head of the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine, and former Bush appointee and drug company funded researcher Dr. Scott Hurd with Iowa State University. A video of my participation in the rather spirited debate can be downloaded at:
Millions of pounds of antibiotics are fed to farm animals every year to try to counteract stressful, overcrowded, and unhygienic conditions found on factory farms. Lacing the feed of farm animals with antibiotics has been condemned by the American Medical Association, the American Public Health Association, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, among more than a hundred other medical organizations nationwide, yet agribusiness continues this dangerous practice.
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