FDA's new rules on antibiotics and cattle are wise

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  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    Dec. 16, 2013 9:40 a.m.

    “…antibiotic resistant have to evolve through several iterations”

    If there was ever a case for good (effective) government, this is it. The free market simply will not address an issue like this (without total transparency and a perfectly knowledgeable public) as maximizing profits will always incentivize producers to make these sorts of short sighted and collectively harmful decisions, especially when all their competitors are doing the same – i.e., the ethical farmer who knows better may not do it out of principle but he’ll soon be out of business.

    We need government to set the proper rules of the road so the free market benefits our entire society and not just the profit maximizers.

    This is also a case study for why many do not feel comfortable voting Republican. First, their belief that the free market is always right, no matter how perverse to results, makes them poorly positioned to approach issues like this with the necessary logic, reason & pragmatism.

    Second, the quote above – which contains the word “evolve” - would simply cause them paralyzing cognitive dissonance.

    Relax - the 2nd point is a joke… sort of.

  • andyjaggy American Fork, UT
    Dec. 14, 2013 6:06 p.m.

    It's about time. It's a scary to think about a future without effective antibiotics. Regulations have a place, and this is one situation where I think they are completely and fully justified.

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    Dec. 14, 2013 5:54 p.m.

    I'm not surprised with the problems associated with dairy milk. Google MILK PROCESSING and read how the milk you buy in the store is processed. After reading some of the articles. I was so distressed that I try to avoid drinking cows milk whenever possible. I now have three back yard milk goats(Bella, Stella [had two kids yesterday--Mahler and Mendelssohn] and Carmella). We have more milk than we can drink. It is clean, rich, good tasting, and free from the extra growth hormones and antibiotics found in cow's milk. We make great yogurt and cheese from it. I have it tested regularly and it's cleaner than the store bought, pasteurized cow's milk tested at the same lab. People who can't drink cow's milk for whatever reason, have no problem with the goat's milk from my backyard operation (I give it away). The goats are friendly, fun, they don't take up a lot of space, the kids in the neighborhood love them, and when they step on your foot, you aren't lame for a week!

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Dec. 14, 2013 10:10 a.m.

    "...It is possible, however, that the new regulations don’t go far enough...".

    An editorial from a conservative newspaper suggesting regulations don't go far enough?

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 14, 2013 8:46 a.m.

    The grossly overweight people are usually faulted for eating too much. Which is definitely a valid reason. But is it just possible that the growth additives given to cattle also work for humans. And is it also possible that the food processing industry puts food additives in their product to help people overeat.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 14, 2013 1:56 a.m.

    If 10ppm of H2O2 hydrogen peroxide is put into the water this will help promote animal growth and keep them from getting sick.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 14, 2013 1:10 a.m.

    "... but it’s also important to note the incentives for farmers aiming them toward greater compliance. To do otherwise would be to risk the wrath of the public at large and to spur even more regulatory oversight." Right, this is the way it works. Industry pollutes right up to the point that the public organizes against the pollution. We all wish this weren't so, but the corporation doesn't care who it hurts. It only cares about maximizing profits. This part of the Marxian model and it is dead on (we treat machines like they are people and people like they are machines).

  • Thomas Paine South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 14, 2013 12:33 a.m.

    Please do not confuse a virus and bacteria. Antibiotics do not fight a virus, and a virus cannot become resistant to an antibiotic. Antibiotics are for treating bacterial infections. However, the causes of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is still up for debate in the scientific community, but it there is wide-spread belief that constant use can yield more antibiotic resistant bacteria.