VegNews Daily

Antibiotic Use Causes Superbugs

A new study has revealed that strains of bacteria develop antibiotic resistance after being transmitted through livestock.

New research has confirmed what many have long argued—prevalent antibiotic use in livestock is leading to an increase in drug-resistant infections. A study published in the American Society for Microbiology journal mBio demonstrates that Staphylococcus aureus infections—known colloquially as “staph”—can jump back and forth between humans and livestock, developing resistance to antibiotics when transmitted to pigs and then reinfecting humans. Researchers from the Translational Genomics Research Institute performed genome analysis on a staph strain in 19 different countries in order to reach the disturbing conclusion, with the drug-resistant strain detected in almost half of all meat in the US consumer system. The study refutes the claim that rampant use of antibiotics in livestock feed will not negatively impact human populations, which livestock groups have argued for decades.

 Comments

Oakland, CA Bans Bullhooks, Follows Los Angeles' Lead

Northern California city outlaws cruel tool used on circus elephants.
Read More »

Animal Rescue Bar Named "Product of the Year"

Delicious charity nutrition bar gives away half of proceeds to non-profit organizations.
Read More »

Movie of the Year: Cowspiracy

Documentary exposes hypocrisy of environmental groups that ignore animal agriculture.
Read More »

Sweet Philanthropy: Vegan Treats

Award-winning vegan bakery makes the cakes and gives them, too!
Read More »

Rebel With a Cause: Rose McCoy

12-year-old receives Veggie Award for SeaWorld protest.
Read More »

This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

More Videos »