Removing Antibiotics and Farmer Support

Subway announced Oct. 20 that the chain would use no meat that has been treated any kind of antibiotic by 2025, and almost instantaneously American farmers retaliated against the restaurant’s marketing tactic.

The choice to remove antibiotics completely from it meat supply came from those who believe antibiotic use in meats helps develop super bugs, or antibiotic resistant viruses, according to Subway.

People like fourth generation farmer Megan Dwyer urged consumers to see through the marketing choice Subway chose, saying consumers deserve to see all sides of antibiotic use.

“I want to know what am I supposed to do when one of my cows gets sick, let them suffer? Because I`m not okay with that.” Dwyer told Quad Cities (WQAD) reporter Jenna Morton Thursday.

For diseases such as pneumonia and pink eye, animals can easily die or infect the entire herd if not properly medicated, said Dwyer.

Dwyer also made a point to say that antibiotic are only used with veterinary assistance.

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as well as the United States Department of Agriculture put regulations and restrictions to assure that antibiotics used in meat production have time, a withdrawal period, to leave the animal’s system before the animal and meat enters the consumer market.

Disgruntled farmers took to the Internet and social media posting pictures and stories about antibiotic use on sick animals who without the antibiotics could very easily die from the illness each one contracted.

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Without antibiotics administer at early on, the calves, like the one above named Sangria, born in early spring could easily die of pneumonia.

Producers even caught Subway removing comments arguing the antibiotic-free movement from the company’s Facebook.

After being flooded by such stories, Subway released a secondary statement Saturday:

“We recognize that antibiotics are critical tools for keeping animals healthy and that they should be used responsibly to preserve their effectiveness in veterinary and human medicine. Our policy is that antibiotics can be used to treat, control and prevent disease, but not for growth promotion of farm animals.”

Many producers still feel as though Subway choose to use inaccurate scare tactics to amp sales with their new “totally antibiotic-free” meats considering the secondary statement never appeared clearly on Subway’s website.

The chain restaurant did attempt to clarify its stance on antibiotic use and its purpose in the meat industry.

However, in doing so Subway angered a great number of American farmers in the process.

Hunger Hits Home

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It’s difficult to think that in a country with surplus stores, fab diets, gas station sushi, and more fast food venders than one can count that worldwide one in nine people will live with chronic hunger.

Even in the United States, 14% of Americans face food insecurity in 2014, according to the USDA.

Friday marked the 70th anniversary of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the 36th anniversary of World Food Day.

For the anniversary, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations released an article on its USA and Canada page on World Food Day.

Now most of the information in the article gets linked back to the parent site and other world hunger organization pages, but many of the facts listed ultimately can be traced back to the USDA and other government sites.

Some of the numbers seem to be rounded up and older statistics (still within the past three years) in efforts to promote a call to action, but the numbers can only be so accurate when some data pours in from underdeveloped countries. The site also offers links to report inaccurate, or ever fraudulent, data.

The World Food Day site comes off as accurately based but more of a branch site for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations does business under a wordy title that seems to have no actual connection to the United Nations governing body.

All of the organization’s pages function with a .org url and not a .gov.

The activist group calls its readers to action with the statistics and facts it provides with the ultimate goal of irradicating hunger.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations moves people to advocate for world hunger.

“Because when it comes to hunger, the only acceptable number in the world is zero.” According to the World Food Day organization.

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Good or Bad

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President Barack Obama’s arguably most notable pieces of legislature would be the Affordable Care Act and the stimulus package. However, a new large piece of legislation will add to Obama’s legacy as president.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) helps connect the United States with multiple countries in the Pacific rim region to a massive chunk of the 95% of world trade that goes on outside its border.

Reporter Kai Ryssdal sat down with President Obama and a number of leaders within the Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., Tuesday to discuss the president’s vocal support for the TTP.

Ryssdal expertly moved from discussing the president’s stance on the TTP to the TTP’s future effects on both big businesses and the individual producers and consumers.

After getting shorter answers on the “economic anxiety,” Ryssdal restructured his approach to get a fuller answer from the president.

“The question then is, is that the new normal? Should we just get used to that?” Ryssdal asked in reference to the economic insecurity of the U.S. and got an answer readers can assume he was looking for with his previous less direct questions.

Where as Marketplace could have decided to pick different quotes and pieces of this interview to craft an article, the site chose to give a less biased piece by giving Obama’s full answer. Some other sites with more political agendas will likely craft this same interview to portray the TTP as better or worse than the president portrayed it.

See full interview here: http://www.marketplace.org/topics/economy/president-obama-talks-trade/full-interview-president-obama-defends-tpp

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