Canadian Doctors Call For An End To Antibiotic Use In Livestock
Wed March 27, 2013
A group of Canadian doctors are calling on farmers to stop giving livestock antibiotics so routinely. The reason is clear from a health perspective: "For the last 100 years, we've grown to think of infections as easily treated by antibiotics," said one of the doctors, stressing that "patients are at risk of becoming sicker, taking longer to recover and, in some cases, dying from previously treatable diseases." This is all due to both animals and people becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics because they have become so overused in farm production.
Antibiotic Use In Meat Industry At An All-time High
Mon February 11, 2013
The livestock industry now consumes four-fifths of all antibiotics used in the US, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts. Consumption of drugs has been steadily rising, and hit a record 29.9 billion pounds in 2011, compared to 7.7 billion for humans. The more antibiotics issued in livestock production, the more antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria arise, studies have found. For example, of the Salmonella on ground turkey, Pew found 78% were resistant to at least one antibiotic. Furthermore, half of the bacteria were resistant to three or more antibiotics.
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Thu January 31, 2013
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Why Limiting Antibiotics On The Farm Is A Fight We Can Win
Fri December 28, 2012
Washington Post food columnist Jane Black argues that we just can't "shop our way out" of the issue of antibiotics in our meat supply. Instead, she says, "Only smart politics will yield smarter food." Through carefully crafted policy and strategic alliance, Black believes we can finally boot antibiotics off American farms, leading to cleaner, healthier meat.
Food Policy Action Holds Leaders Accountable
Wed December 12, 2012
Tom Colicchio, a "Top Chef" judge, went on NBC's "Morning Joe" to discuss his role in the formation of Food Policy Action. The organization's mission deals with a wide range of food policy issues, which include supporting local and regional food systems, treating farm animals humanely, and reducing the environmental impact of farming and food production. The organization has placed particular attention on the U.S. Congress, and launched a scorecard of representatives' votes on issues such as food safety, hunger, farm subsidies, food labeling, organic food and local food systems. To see how your representatives fared, click here: http://www.foodpolicyaction.org/
Renewed Call For Antibiotic Regulations In Farm Animals
Sat December 1, 2012
An op-ed published in the San Jose Mercury News is calling for a bold new action plan regarding antibiotic use in food animals. The piece, written by Fork in the Road farmer Russ Kremer and former FDA Commissioner Donald Kennedy, cite growing resistance to antibiotics used in commodity meat and, along with others, are pushing for new regulations. The duo has signed a national statement calling on the FDA and Congress to end the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture. "Released in September, one statement was signed by more than 150 of the nation's Ph.D.-level scientists and M.D. researchers," they wrote. "Another statement was signed by more than 50 farmers, ranchers, and producers of antibiotic-free meat. These entrepreneurs signed out of concern for the health of their customers, neighbors, and employees — and their own families."
Fork in the Road supports the efforts of these farmers, scientists and consumers by only sourcing meat free of antibiotics and added hormones.
Commodity Pork Supply Widely Contaminated
Wed November 28, 2012
Consumer Reports found widespread bacterial contamination in the commodity pork supply, which could cause food poisoning and, worse, resistance to antibiotics. The study found that the majority of its bacteria samples were resistant to at least one of the medically prescribed antibiotics it tested in the lab. This resistance is directly linked to the routine use of antibiotics for hogs raised on factory farms. Fork in the Road only sources hogs raised by small family farmers who never ever give their animals antibiotics or hormones.
Illinois Farm Launches "Chicken Freedom Project"
Thu November 22, 2012
When a commercial chicken farm came up for sale, the Slagel Family Farm took notice. The Slagel family had long been a leader in sustainable meat production, so when they saw 100,000 chickens housed in one building, stacked six cages high, they decided to do something. "After seeing the facility in person, we were determined to find a way to buy the property and destroy the caged bird system so it could not get into the hands of another factory farm and continue to operate..." they said. They plan to convert the farm into a free-range, sustainable model free of hormones and antibiotics. But to purchase the farm, they need a little cash infusion. They're running their own miniature kickstarter-style campaign through their website at www.slagelfamilyfarm.com/donate.html.
Although Fork in the Road doesn't work with the Slagels, many of our farmers have converted their operations from commodity to sustainable over the years, throwing out cages and antibiotics along the way.
Coalition Urges Elimination Of Sub-Therapeutic Anitbiotic Use
Thu September 20, 2012
The Keep Antibiotics Working (KAW) coalition says more than 150 research scientists and physicians and 50 farmers and ranchers are calling for action to end the sub-therapeutic use of antibiotics in animal ag production. At the forefront is Russ Kremer, who is the president of Heritage Acres — the cooperative that supplies Fork in the Road with its antibiotic-free and sustainably raised pork.
KAW held a press conference Sept. 19 in which Kremer spoke about his own experience with antibiotic resistance after being gored by one of his hogs. Kremer said, “My doctor agreed that I had the same antibiotic resistant disease that my pigs had and immediately put me in the hospital with an I.V. treatment.” Kremer now raises hogs without antibiotics and works with many other farmers to switch over their herds to the same methods.
The Stories Behind Happy Cows
Sun September 9, 2012
On pasture and without routine antibiotics, the dairy cows on Bob Bansen's farm are, well, happy. Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times profiled Bansen on his farm in Oregon. When asked about the financial viability of having a small dairy farm, Bansen said: “For productivity, it’s important to have happy cows. If a cow is at her maximum health and her maximum contentedness, she’s profitable. I don’t even really manage my farm so much from a fiscal standpoint as from a cow standpoint, because I know that, if I take care of those cows, the bottom line will take care of itself.”
Fork in the Road sources much of its pasture-raised beef from small family farms in Oregon similar to Bansen's. These farmers are all committed to raising their cows on pasture without ever giving them antibiotics or growth stimulants. To see which farms contributed to the beef in your hot dogs, click on "Follow Your Food" from the www.forkintheroad.com homepage.