Katy Keiffer is talking antibiotic resistance as seen in ground turkey on this week’s What Doesn’t Kill You with Dr. Urvashi Rangan. Urvashi Rangan, Ph.D. leads and directs the Consumer Safety and Sustainability Group for Consumer Reports. She is responsible for managing risk analysis, policy assessments, label evaluations and consumer advice for tests, reports, and related advocacy work. Dr. Rangan serves as a primary, national spokesperson for Consumer Reports in the areas of sustainable production/consumption practices, food safety, and product safety issues related to chemical and contaminant hazards. Learn about the differences between bacteria strains found in conventional and organic, antibiotic-free ground turkey, and what it says about antibiotic resistance. Hear Dr. Rangan talk about animal welfare standards in conventional livestock agriculture, and how sub-therapeutic antibiotic usage is only the first step for better food and health. Hear what proposed legislation could curb antibiotics in the food chain. This program has been sponsored by Cain Vineyard & Winery. Thanks to Dead Stars for today’s music.
“We’re not stopping at antibiotics; we need systemic changes to conventional agriculture if we want to see any long term changes.” [21:00]
“We hope that we can treat sick animals for a long time, and sick humans, too.” [26:15]
— Dr. Urvashi Rangan on What Doesn’t Kill You