Snark: to annoy or irritate

"Snark" has been in English language dictionaries since at least 1906, and Lewis Carroll used the word to describe a mythological animal in his poem, The Hunting of the Snark (1874). Most recently, the word has come to characterize snappish, sarcastic, or mean-spirited comments or actions directed at those who annoy or irritate us.

At first, this blog was just going be a place to gripe, but because it's more satisfying to take action than it is to merely complain, now most of the posts/reposts suggest ways to get involved in solving problems.

Friday, July 13, 2012

No Antibiotics in Our Food

Take Action!Even the FDA admits it: Rampant overuse of antibiotics in livestock is breeding new strains of drug-resistant bacteria, reducing the overall effectiveness of antibiotics and posing a major threat to public health.1

So it was all the more disappointing when the FDA issued new rules in April that allow factory farms to continue overusing antibiotics, making compliance totally voluntary.
The FDA is accepting comments on the new rule until Thursday. We need to push for strong, mandatory standard.
Today, a full 80 percent of all antibiotics are used on livestock, and this massive overprescription is breeding new strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria — like the E. Coli strain that killed 30 people in Europe last year,2 and MRSA, a type of staph infection that now kills more people in the U.S. every year than AIDS.3
For 35 years, Big Ag and the veterinary pharmaceutical industry have successful fought off tough regulations, but the problem is becoming more urgent. And the FDA needs to step in.
Rather than saving them for sick animals, meat producers use antibiotics as a growth stimulant, and to compensate for extreme overcrowding and unsanitary conditions in factory farms which can lead to sick animals.
The FDA's voluntary new rules say antibiotics shouldn't be used as growth stimulant, but allow for their continued preventative use — a loophole that allows even those voluntarily complying with the law to maintain unsanitary conditions and antibiotic overuse in the name of disease prevention.
The FDA must pass mandatory standards that preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics for all of us, and stop their use on animals except in cases of illness.
Submit a comment to the FDA before Thursday's deadline:
Thank you for fighting for safe and healthy food.
Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

1. "FDA's New Rules on Factory Farm Antibiotics Are Flawed — and Voluntary," Mother Jones, April 11, 2012
2. "Drug-Resistant Staph Linked to Animal Antibiotics," Food Saftey News, February, 21, 2012
3. "When Food Kills," New York Times, June 11, 2011

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