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 in America, 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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Livestock Farming and Antibiotic Resistance

Some interesting facts in this article on livestock and antibiotic resistance:

  • Pneumonia, tuberculosis, and salmonellosis are already showing increasing resistance to antibiotic treatment
  • It’s estimated that up to 90 percent of antibiotics consumed by animals are excreted
  • Use of antibiotics for livestock greatly exceeds that of uses for humans
  • Antibiotic use in livestock farming is lowest in Norway, and also low in Finland, Sweden and Denmark — high-income nations with effective regulation

Read it yourself here:

How do we reduce antibiotic resistance from livestock? – Our World in Data

How do we reduce antibiotic resistance from livestock? – Our World in Data

This blog post draws on data and research discussed in our entry on Meat and Seafood Production & Consumption.

Source: ourworldindata.org/antibiotic-resistance-from-livestock

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Donald Trump

TrumpPhoto: Dominick Reuter

Had a long conversation on the phone last night with my brother about Trump. He reckons Trump doesn’t take himself too seriously and that a lot of his comments are intended to be funny. He also thinks that most of Trump’s outrageousness is designed to ensure he gets maximum press coverage. So far it seems to be working.

I’m not so sure that Trump is quite as benign as my brother thinks he is. When I look at his treatment of the people on his golf course in Aberdeenshire, he seems like a bit of a bully. Calling Mexican immigrants “Rapists” is quite an inflammatory thing to do. Then there’s this list of his Twitter insults. (He calls Neil Young, one of my rock heroes, a “Hypocrite“, which is plainly unforgivable.)

I’m not very well-informed about the Republican alternatives to Trump so I can’t say if he’s the least-worst candidate but it seems to me that he’d be a liability if he got the job.

Of the Democrats, I’d much rather Bernie Sanders got in there than Hillary but that seems unlikely given how far left he must seem to most Americans.

The election is on November the 8th. It’ll be interesting.

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