NRDC attorney Avinash Kar breaks down the news that drug companies have agreed to re-label antibiotics in compliance with recent FDA guidances on their usage in livestock agriculture. In a wide ranging discussion Kar covers the loopholes in the guidances, the pending legislation co-sponsored by NRDC to regulate and monitor antibiotic use in livestock in California, and how to manage intensive livestock agriculture without the use of these important drugs either for growth promotion or disease prevention. On a sad note, after this broadcast it was learned that, Dr. Scott Hurd, a previous guest on the show, and referenced several times during this program, passed away suddenly yesterday. Our condolences to his friends and family. This program has been sponsored by Tabard Inn. Today’s music provided by Dead Stars.
“There’s a lot of evidence that the use of antibiotics in animals is contributing to adverse health effects in humans.” [16:45]
–Avinash Kar on What Doesn’t Kill You