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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.

Major Cattle Feedlot Closes After 60 Years

One of Canada's largest cattle operations, Western Feedlots, cannot stay in business because of poor market conditions.
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Sacramento Goes Meatless for Paul McCartney

California's capital ditches meat on Mondays, adds veg options at music venue, and challenges local chefs to go vegan.
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Historic Prison Sentence for Animal Abusers

Atrocious abuses of pregnant pigs caught on film lead to indictment of El Escobar Farm workers in Murcia, Spain.
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Vegan Food Truck Launches "Sexiest Vegans" Calendar

Detroit's Shimmy Shack partnered with animal sanctuary to promote veganism through a pinup calendar.
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Hard Rock Cafe Debuts Meatless Menu

In honor of World Vegetarian Month, the chain will roll out its first North American meat-free menu at 42 locations.
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