Antibiotic Resistance / Farming

George Monbiot has a good piece in today’s Guardian about antibiotic resistance and farming in the USA and elsewhere. According to this article, antibiotic use is more prevalent and less strictly regulated there, which is a bad thing for all of us:

Resist a US trade deal. Your life may depend on it | George Monbiot

Resist a US trade deal. Your life may depend on it | George Monbiot

We cannot trust our government to fight America’s disgusting farming practices. Unless we mobilise, US livestock pumped full of antibiotics will harm us all, writes Guardian columnist George Monbiot

Source: www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/14/us-trade-deal-government-farming-practices-livestock-antibiotics

 

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Quorn

This article in yesterday’s Guardian is largely negative about Quorn and other meat substitutes. The main thrust of their argument seems to be that Quorn is an ultra-processed food and therefore not good. I tend to agree which is why I don’t eat it any more but it’s still better than killing animals:

The Quorn revolution: the rise of ultra-processed fake meat

The Quorn revolution: the rise of ultra-processed fake meat

It was reported last week that Quorn is on course to become a billion-dollar business. It is part of a booming industry of meat alternatives – but many of these products are a far cry from the idea of a natural, plant-based diet

Source: www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/feb/12/quorn-revolution-rise-ultra-processed-fake-meat

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Ivory campaigner found dead at home.

Esmond Bradley Martin, 75, was found with a stab wound to his neck at home in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

Full story here / Wiki Tribune:

Key figure in fight against ivory trade found dead

Key figure in fight against ivory trade found dead

British man was a colourful and important contributor to preservation of elephants

Source: www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/02/05/africa/kenya/key-figure-in-fight-against-ivory-trade-found-dead/46658/

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Amazon Delivering Live Lobsters.

From today’s Sunday Times:
“Amazon is marketing live lobsters for home delivery, meaning the creatures spend days in a box as couriers drive them around the country. The Canadian creatures sell for £46.49 each, including delivery, and arrive up to 12 days after being ordered.

The revelation follows growing concern over the treatment of lobsters, crabs and other large crustaceans that are often kept alive for days or weeks after capture, transported long distances and then boiled alive. The Swiss banned this cooking method last month.

The live lobsters available on Amazon are marketed by Fine Food Specialist, a separate firm based in New Covent Garden, southwest London, and founded by an Old Etonian, Drogo Montagu.

Amazon tried to distance itself from the sales, pointing out that Fine Food Specialist used its platform as an independent vendor, and declined to comment further.

Montagu said he was trying to offer the “highest-quality products”, adding: “In some cases the finest quality is live seafood . . . There is a small market for these products, but it is generally people who love their food and want the very best.”

He said there was “no evidence” to suggest lobsters could feel pain. However, Lynne Sneddon, director of bioveterinary science at Liverpool University, said: “Live transport is likely to cause a stress response due to confinement, deteriorating water quality and possible thermal stress.”

For living marine creatures sent out for delivery, perhaps the worst scenario is if the customer is out when the courier arrives — in which case, Amazon says, they are likely to be returned to a depot, where they will spend more days in confinement.”

Link to original article (Paywall): https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/amazon-delivers-ordeal-for-lobsters-37j28fwcr

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