Talking Meat and Antibiotics

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I had the chance to go on the Leonard Lopate show on WNYC yesterday afternoon to talk about the renewed push to regulate antibiotics used for growth promotion in farm animals. With the Food and Drug Administration now urging meat producers to limit the amount of drugs they give their animals—over concern about the rise in antibiotic resistant bacteria—and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter’s bill to restrict the non-therapeutic use of antibiotics in animals gaining some ground, the issue is fresher than ever. On the radio with me was Maryn McKenna, a medical writer and author of the recent book Superbug, which details the threat of antibiotic-resistant infections. (She’s the one who sounds a lot smarter.) Check it out:

Leonard Lopate Show