VegNews Daily

Federal Report Reveals Resistant Bacteria in Meat

Agribusiness’ rampant use of antibiotics used to keep farm animals alive has ushered in drug-resistant bacteria.

In 2011 the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System collected hundreds of samples of ground turkey, pork chops, ground beef, other meats to test for antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The findings, which were published this February, reveal the presence of drug-resistant strands such as enterococcus, salmonella, and campylobacter in a plethora of meats. According to The New York Times, in 2002 less than 50 percent of the salmonella found in chicken was resistant, but in 2011, that number jumped to 74 percent. Some health professionals note that the animal industry’s cavalier use of the drugs for non-therapeutic reasons is the reason for the “super bugs.” “Feeding [the animals] antibiotics to make them get bigger faster at a lower cost poses a real problem for public health,” says Dawn Undurraga of the Environmental Work Group.

 Comments

The Vegan Month of Food ("MoFo") Kicks Off September 1

Annual month-long celebration of plant-based eating takes internet by storm.
Read More »

Vegan Runner Graces Cover of Runner's World Magazine

Boston-based Micah Risk exemplifies how a plant-based diet can help athletic performance.
Read More »

Texas University Opens Vegan-Friendly Dining Hall

From sushi to waffles, vegan options are plentiful at the new University of Texas at Dallas cafeteria.
Read More »

Cleveland Latest City to Join Meatless Monday Campaign

The mayor has signed a resolution to encourage its community to go vegetarian at least once a week.
Read More »

SeaWorld Stock Continues to Plummet

Shares drop 30 percent and Southwest Airlines abandons long-time partnership due to negative publicity surrounding the aquatic park.
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 »