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The Friday Five: Antibiotics Edition

The Friday Five: Antibiotics Edition

Bill Nye, antibiotics, grocery scruples and favorite farm dogs: here are five links to catch you up on the week in food and agriculture.

Proof he's the Science Guy: Bill Nye the Science Guy has reversed his stand on GMOs, and is updating a chapter in his latest book, Undeniable.

FDA tests turn up dairy farmers breaking the law on antibiotics: The veterinarian at the end of the story is right in that this is a small minority, proving the rules are actually working. But that's a tough case to make to the average non-farming consumer.

Dear County Market: Judging by my friend, Emily's, latest blog, it appears County Market grocery stores are handing customers a card touting Wild Harvest, their new line of antibiotic-free, hormone-free meats. Suffice to say, it insinuates a whole lot of bad stuff about conventionally-raised meats, hoping to scare consumers into buying their product. Fear-based marketing, at its finest. And what an incredible disappointment to see another store hopping on the fear-based bandwagon in order to generate a cheap sale. Brings to mind another great line: If you need to create a fear to create a sale, you probably don't need to be in business.

Reviewing the topic of antibiotics…: Anne Burkholder, the Nebraska cattle rancher who blogs at Feedyard Foodie, has put together a great post rounding up antibiotic information. Anne is always a solid source of well-thought-out, well-explained, solid information. Given all the chatter about antibiotics in meat and dairy this week, this could be a good one to tuck away. Or pin.

Send in Favorite Farm Dog nomination by March 17: This headline says it all! You know you have a favorite farm dog – by your side every day, through thick and thin, summer and winter – tell us about your furry companion and you and your dog could wind up featured in the magazine. But get on it…deadline is next Tuesday!

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