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Companies doing what the FDA won’t: Banning antibiotics for livestock

On Tuesday, the U.S. food service giant Bon Appétit Management Company announced that it will start sourcing only all-natural, antibiotic-free beef. Store representatives said the move was prompted by concerns that "the heavy use of [antibiotics] in agriculture has resulted in [their] declining effectiveness against common bacterial infections in humans."

Pandemic preparedness needs to include small farmers

On March 12, six Asian countries (China, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam) participated in a simulation to predict what might happen if an easily transmissible form of avian flu started spreading among humans. Because these nations share borders and a history of migration, a pandemic could move easily within the region.
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