Today’s website is pretty appropriate considering some recent news from Subway.
I blogged about Subway’s announcement that they were going to source meat only from animals who never received antibiotics here and here, and I might have even referenced this website in one of those posts.
If not, well, this is the perfect time to talk about it. As I mentioned earlier, there’s been a lot of talk lately about antibiotic use in farm animals and how overuse can lead to antibiotic resistance in humans.
Sounds scary, right? I mean, after all, if farmers are using antibiotics on their animals, you’re surely getting a dose yourself when you eat meat or drink milk, right?
Well, actually, no. Because farmers have to follow lots and lots of rules when they use antibiotics. And because government agencies test — rigorously — for antibiotic residue once an animal is marketed and slaughtered.
There is so much information surrounding this topic and some of the best comes from the Animal Health Institute. You can find all kinds of good stuff, including judicious use programs, benefits of antibiotics, risk assessments, how antibiotics are approved for use, information about the FDA’s Veterinary Feed Directive, frequently asked questions, and even information about how Denmark was affected after it banned use of antibiotics in feed.
They even put together a nifty fact sheet, in PDF form, about how antibiotics can be used to keep animals healthy without affecting our food.
Pretty much any question you have about antibiotics and how farmers use them can be answered here. Seriously.
To see the rest of the 30-day series, check out the links below:
- Day 1 – The Best Info Straight From the Horse’s Mouth
- Day 2 – Open Gates and Open Minds
- Day 3 – Nom nom nom
- Day 4 – Just the Facts. From the Experts.
- Day 5 – All Things Biotech
- Day 6 – Keepin’ it Safe in the Kitchen
- Day 7 – Good Info, Cute Kids.
- Day 8 – Mom at the Meat Counter
- Day 9 – Learning to be Good Stewards of the Land
- Day 10 – Agriculture, Food and Leisure
- Day 11 – Proud to be a Rancher, Proud to be in Agriculture
- Day 12 – Food Facts from the Feds
- Day 13 – It’s all fun and games…
- Day 15 – All About Protein
- Day 17 – The Life and Times of an Illinois Farm Girl
- Day 18 – Answering the Dreaded, “What’s For Dinner?”
- Day 19 – Differences and Similarities