CBS pushed back airing their antibiotics piece until February 9th and 10th (tonight and tomorrow evening). It will air on the CBS nightly news - which comes on at 7 pm (doublecheck that).
Pork and beef producers have already gone on the offensive, urging producer's not to support the current legislation for a ban of antibiotics in animal agriculture. See 'Legislation to support use of antibiotics is supported' 2/8/10 on how you can tell your representative NOT to support that bill.
Dr. Michael Apley and representatives from NCBA met with Louise Slaughter, the writer of the legislation, yesterday to discuss the implications of passing the bill. Hopefully, she took careful consideration into what they were telling her: there is no evidence that antibiotic use in animals creates resistance in humans; a ban would cause a rise in prices due to a decline in supply from all the animals that would die; our food supply would not be as safe if antibiotics were banned. Just take a look at Denmark, that should be proof enough of what bad can happen when safe practices are stripped away.
Until next time,
Labels: antibiotics, beef, livestock production, NCBA, pork