Category Archives: Agriculture

A Public Health Question About the Bird Influenza Epidemic

You might not be aware of a massive bird flu epidemic ripping its way across the U.S.: Iowa, where one in every five eggs consumed in the country is laid, has been the hardest hit: More than 40 percent of … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture, Aves, Influenza, Vaccination

What Does “Human Antibiotics” Mean?

Because, like Honey Badger, bacteria just don’t give a shit what they’re called. Recently, Tyson Food, the largest U.S. poultry producer, announced they’re changing their antibiotic use policies (boldface mine): Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) said today it is striving … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture, Antibiotics, Evolution, Plasmids

Vertical Farms and Surburbia/Exurbia

I’ve been interested in vertical farms since the idea was first kicked around. While there’s still a lot of pie-in-the-sky type thinking about vertical farming, it looks like it’s beginning to happen (boldface mine): A former Grammer, Dempsey and Hudson … Continue reading

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Heard It Through the Grapevine: More Scientific Infrastructure Problems

Our usual plaint about the state of research infrastructure: One of the ridiculous things about many depictions of science in TV and movies is the notion that there‚Äôs this huge infrastructure: shiny labs (which are always neat and spacious), high-tech … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture, Booze, Funding, Plants

New Chicken Microbial Survey Reveals Very Little That’s New

Before I get into the meat of the post (SEE WHAT I DID THERE?), let me state for the record that I think the U.S. needs to do much more in terms of limiting antibiotic use in agriculture, especially since … Continue reading

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Democrats Finally Understand the Power of the Agriculture Bill

Four years ago, I noted that many conservatives can be ‘got’ by holding the agricultural bill hostage (though this probably doesn’t apply to the completely batshitloonitarian wing). Despite what popular press accounts claim, Democrats can find leverage to use against … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture, Democrats

The Price of Pork and the Externalities of Antibiotic Resistance

If you haven’t read Maryn McKenna’s excellent piece on antibiotic resistance, you should. Before I get to a point about agriculture, I just want to point out this bit from McKenna’s article: At UCLA, Spellberg treated a woman with what … Continue reading

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