Consumer watch reports on antibiotics in meat

Earlier this month, CTV’s Consumer Watch played a brief clip on antibiotic resistance in children and the growing demand for niche-product meats. I found the segment shallow and biased. Biased to the extent it seemed designed to mislead and manipulate viewers rather than inform them. That, in my mind, is the job of marketing agencies –…

It Starts With Biology: The Basics in Antibiotic Use Decisions

It starts with biology: The basics in antibiotic use decisions Disclaimer: This post is part of a series written for Saskatchewan livestock & poultry producers. Content may not be relevant for non-producers. When was the last time you used antibiotics in your operation? How did you choose what product to use? No doubt, you considered…

Antibiotic Resistance & Human Medicine

This post provides background information on the issue of antibiotic resistance. It is written as a general overview for people that are hearing about the topic in the media but don’t understand the key concerns. Alexander Flemming discovered penicillin in 1928. By 1945, when he received his Noble Prize for this discovery, Flemming warned that…

JUST CALL ME DOROTHY….OZ’S FANTASY ABOUT ANTIBIOTICS IN MEAT

I feel like Dorothy – a young (well ok, youngish) girl plucked from the reality based pragmatic world of the farm – and dropped into Oz where fantasy, fiction, and myths are accepted as reality. My proverbial tornado is the media storm that is swirling around antibiotic use in livestock. The insanity hit a new…