Piglets in a pen on a hog farm in Frankenstein, Mo.
August 29, 2013 No one knows exactly how farmers use antibiotics. Many public health experts say the government should collect and publish detailed information because antibiotic-resistant bacteria are an increasingly urgent problem. But many farm groups are opposed.
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Craig Rowles tends to his pigs in a barn near Carroll, Iowa.
July 11, 2013 Farmers give antibiotics routinely to pigs, beef cattle and poultry. They say the drugs help keep animals healthy and get them to market faster. Others say this practice practically guarantees that bacteria will develop resistance to these antibiotics more quickly, endangering human lives and the long-term viability of the drugs.
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Organic apples hang from trees in an orchard in Forest Range, Adelaide Hills, South Australia.
April 10, 2013 Both fruits are vulnerable to a nasty disease called fire blight that can devastate orchards. So organic labeling standards allow for antibiotics to be used on apple and pear trees. That exemption is set to end in 2014 — but growers say they need a little more time.
Pigs at a farm in Beijing peer out at visitors. Half of all the pigs in the world live in China.
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February 11, 2013 Manure from pig farms doesn't just contain residues of antibiotics used in livestock. It also carries high concentrations of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a new study of Chinese pig farms finds. And researchers say "it's a global problem."
October 2, 2012 Consumer group puts pressure on hip grocery retailer Trader Joe's to sell only antibiotic-free meat. The group says if Trader Joe's makes this transition, it could encourage other grocers to follow suit.
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