U.S. Pesticide Use: Back To The Future

Is “cutting-edge” biotechnology taking American agriculture backwards into a more toxic past?

New Legislation to Monitor Antibiotics Use in Livestock

New Legislation to Monitor Antibiotics Use in Livestock

Last week House Rep. Henry Waxman, the ranking Democrat on the Energy and Commerce committee, announced plans to introduce a new animal antibiotic use legislation.

FDA Issues Voluntary Guidance To Stem Factory Farm Antibiotics

FDA Issues Voluntary Guidance To Stem Factory Farm Antibiotics

The FDA took long-overdue steps towards curbing the overuse of antibiotics in farm animals aimed to preserve effectiveness of antibiotics. Unfortunately, the measures remain voluntary and industry compliance remains to be seen.

FDA Must Act on Subtherapeutic Antibiotic Use in Farm Animals

FDA Must Act on Subtherapeutic Antibiotic Use in Farm Animals

Nearly 35 years ago, the Food and Drug Administration initiated proceedings to withdraw the approval of the subtherapeutic use of certain antibiotics in agricultural animals but it took a Court Order to force the agency to follow through.

Addressing Unchecked Dumping of Drugs in Waterways

Addressing Unchecked Dumping of Drugs in Waterways

Pharma wastes are identified by the EPA ‚Äúcontaminants of emerging concern,” and have been linked to multiple health and developmental problems in aquatic animals. Because of the potency of the drugs and their prevalence in our waterways many believe that their presence may also affect human health and addressing this illegal water pollution needs to be a high priority in our governments.

EPA’s Flawed Regulation of GMOs Examined

EPA's Flawed Regulation of GMOs Examined

Industry bias, lax scientific standards, exemption of food crops containing pesticides from registration requirements, and failure to independently monitor GM crops after approval, are among the regulatory problems exhibited by the EPA when it comes to regulating GMOs.

Restricting Antibiotics Use on Healthy Farm Animals

Taking a step in the right direction, the Obama Administration announced on July 14, 2009, that it will seek to ban the routine use of antibiotics on healthy farm animals. With the rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria, such as new strains of staph and strep, and waves of swine flue and the bird flue in recent history, it would seem illogical and dangerous to society as a whole for continuing the practice of feeding healthy farm animals antibiotics simply to encourage rapid growth.