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12/02/2011

Factory Farming = Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs. Europe Gets It.  »


Some wonky science policy news from “across the pond,” as they say: Last month, European scientists and leaders talked some big talk about how the massive insane horrible quantities of antibiotics used in factory farming are going to kill us all. 

The bad news? The massive insane horrible quantities of antibiotics used in factory farming are going to kill us all.

The good news? At least some officials, somewhere, admit it. “Antimicrobial resistance is one of the most serious public health challenges that we face,” says the head of Europe’s version of the CDC. And yup, overuse of antibiotics in agriculture is one of the big culprits.

This story gets really wonky really fast, so if you want details I’ll refer you to Wired.com's coverage. But I just thought you should know, so you can be saving up for your plane ticket and your villa in France. Budget option: Stay in the U.S. and buy a hazmat suit. Hipster budget option: Buy a hazmat suit on Etsy.

[photo modified from an image by friendsoffamilyfarmers on Flickr]

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