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FDA’s Antibiotic Stewardship Plan Is Failing

Expert BlogUnited StatesDavid Wallinga, MD
A just-released FDA report shows that the agency’s approach to addressing the U.S livestock sector’s high-intensity use of medically important antibiotics is failing.

European Action Halves Livestock Antibiotic Use

Expert BlogUnited StatesDavid Wallinga, MD

NRDC's latest research, using the most recent U.S. and European data, tells the story the FDA cannot or will not tell. U.S. farm stewardship of antibiotics isn't improving. We highlight three successful steps from Europe that could help turn the…

National Goal Urged to Curb Livestock Antibiotic Use by 50%

Expert BlogUnited StatesDavid Wallinga, MD

For the first time since COVID-19 struck, presidential advisors just met in-person to discuss future pandemic threats. With recent evidence showing FDA efforts to curb livestock antibiotic overuse to help slow the global spread of deadly superbugs, NRDC is urging…

Next Farm Bill Can Plant the Seeds for Something Better

Expert BlogUnited StatesDavid Wallinga, MD

NRDC recommendations around U.S. farm policy would, if adopted, help rebuild rural communities, create clean energy jobs, support new and existing organic farmers, bolster soil health and on-farm conservation, and reduce food waste.

U.S. Livestock Antibiotic Use Is Rising, Medical Use Falls

Expert BlogUnited StatesDavid Wallinga, MD

For the last decade, the FDA has been urging the industrial meat industry to use antibiotics more wisely. That makes it important to question why livestock sales have risen the past two years, and now are nearly double the amount…

Biden Promises a Fairer Food System

Expert BlogUnited StatesAllison Johnson, David Wallinga, MD

With last week's new Executive Order, and the re-introduced Farm System Reform Act, US leaders seem intent on real change to confront food system consolidation, a driver of inequity and harm to the environment and public health

Phase Out PFAS from Global Use

Expert BlogInternationalDr. Anna Reade, David Wallinga, MD

Women's health federation issues a global call for phase out of PFAS 'forever' chemicals, to address the mounting contamination and likely health problems they cause.

JBS' Workers Paid the Ultimate Price, While Profits Surged

Expert BlogUnited States, ColoradoJessica Carey-Webb, David Wallinga, MD

As an industry, meatpackers seem to operate according to their own set of rules, often reprehensible and sometimes deadly. Among its global peers JBS, the world’s largest meatpacking company, is exceptional. The extent and documentation of its corporate irresponsibility is…

Livestock Drug Surge Sparks Need for Urgent Action

Expert BlogInternational, United StatesDavid Wallinga, MD, Lena Brook
Sales of livestock antibiotics have risen for the second straight year. The alarming trend underscores how urgently federal leadership is needed to protect us from future infections untreatable with antibiotics.

Big Beef, Its Antibiotics Habit, and Protecting Our Future

Expert BlogUnited StatesDavid Wallinga, MD
Antibiotic resistance is one of our gravest public health threats. Antibiotic overuse is a key driver of the problem, yet antibiotics of medical importance are routinely fed to herds of beef cattle on feedlots whether or not animals are sick…

New Data: Animal vs. Human Antibiotic Use Remains Lopsided

Expert BlogDavid Wallinga, MD, Avinash Kar
To prepare for future disease threats—like drug-resistant superbugs—information is critical. New, non-public data shows that 44 percent more antibiotics of medical important are sold for cows and pigs than for human medicine.

COVID-19 Hot Spots Put Meatpacker Giants on the Front Burner

Expert BlogDavid Wallinga, MD
Last month Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson told a local TV station that, "COVID-19 in Nobles County (MN) is the equivalent of New York City per capita." Peterson, the Chair of the House Agriculture Committee, would be only half right today…

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