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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…

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…

The Stealth Superbug Epidemic

Expert BlogDavid Wallinga, MD
New estimates are that more than162,000 people in the U.S. die each year from superbug infections—seven times higher than previous estimates.

New WHO Guideline Offers Hope in Curbing Antibiotics

Expert BlogDavid Wallinga, MD
In the battle to keep antibiotics working, the World Health Organization (WHO) came out with new recommendations today for farmers and the food industry: Stop using our most precious antibiotics routinely for promoting growth and preventing disease in healthy animals.

Still Seeking UN Leadership to End Routine Livestock Drugs

Expert BlogDavid Wallinga, MD
As the UN convenes a high-level meeting on the global epidemic of antibiotic resistance, those seeking urgent action or strong leadership on routine antibiotics in livestock will be disappointed.