September 16, 2009

Just Say No….

Center for a Livable Future

Center for a Livable Future

Check out today’s column, “Just Say No to Antibacterial Burgers,” by Washington Post Opinion Writer Ezra Klein. “This column, ” he says, “is based on a single and quite extraordinary statistic: Food animal production accounts for 70 percent — 70 percent! — of the antibiotics used in the United States.” Klein zeros in on the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act of 2009, now in before Congress, and the industry’s contention that the legislation will raise the price of meat. Pointing to a National Academy of Sciences study, which found eliminating the non-therapeutic antibiotics would cost between $5 to $10 per person each year, Klein says, “I’d pay that for a lower risk of super-staphylococcus.”

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