INSIGHT & ANALYSIS
Human Health Concerns Cause FDA to Limit Use of Antibiotics in Livestock
The Food and Drug Administration has issued new rules to restrict antibiotic use in animals raised for meat: cows, chickens, and pigs. For decades, as a matter of ordinary practice, livestock producers have added low doses of the medicines to animal feed and water to make healthy animals grow bigger, faster. The drugs will still be available through veterinarians to prevent disease. While voluntary, the changes are supported by Zoetis and Elanco, the two companies that make the majority of the antibiotic products. The policy change reflects concern about the growing epidemic of antibiotic resistance that has become a threat to human health. Up to 23,000 Americans now die each year from antibiotic-resistant infections. By restricting unnecessary use of antibiotics in food, it is thought that the new policy will make a significant improvement to human health. It’s a stark reminder of how complexly connected are cause and effect in this contemporary world.
John Howell, Editorial Director
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The Elsevier Foundation has announced the 2013 grant recipients for the Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries and New Scholars award programs. The grants total $700,000 to be distributed to 10 institutions around the world in addition to 5 ongoing multiyear grants and the Nurse Faculty program. Developing countries often suffer from a lack of access to the knowledge resources necessary for today's medical practices.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – A new joint report released by the UN Development Program (UNDP) and the UN Environment Program (UNEP) says that the environment and natural resources can play an important role in promoting sustainable peace in many conflict-ridden countries around the world. The report urges governments and partners to integrate natural resource management in post-conflict re-integration programs.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - While physical health and safety in the workplace remains of paramount concern, more recently there has been a growing recognition of the importance of psychosocial issues, with a focus on the psychological, values and social elements of work. An exploration of work and wellbeing touches on a vast array of employment relations topics, from leadership to job design, from organisational policy to workplace culture.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – India-based social enterprise incubator Villgro has made fresh equity investments of undisclosed amounts in three social start-ups – OneBreath, Ecozen Solutions and Artoo. Villgro supports social entrepreneurs during the early stages of their growth, and has incubated 94 social enterprises since it was founded in 2001.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Sainsbury’s, one of the U.K.’s leading supermarkets, has recently opened two new “triple zero” stores, where it produces zero carbon emissions from all on site energy used, sends zero waste to landfill and has zero impact on the water usage of the local catchment area because of its water-neutral status. This giant retailer aims to be the U.K.’s greenest grocer, reducing its operational carbon emissions by 30 percent.