agriculture and public health

Antibiotics: If This Doesn’t Convince You, Nothing Will

As a child I had strep throat on a regular basis. The doctor would diagnose me by putting a giant Q-tip into the back of my throat to check for bacteria. I was given penicillin, amoxicillin, and tetracycline - at least those are the names of the antibiotics that I remember.

Antibiotics (Misused)

Confirmed by the FDA: In the US, 80% of all antimicrobial drugs are administered to animals. Yet another way in which industrial livestock production threatens human health.

Food Fright!

If your biggest worry is getting circus peanuts or conventional apples in your trick-or-treat bag tonight, hold on to your hat, because there are a LOT scarier food issues these days. Here's a roundup of the most frightening.

Our Heroes: Wenonah Hauter of Food & Water Watch

Wenonah Hauter talks about the environment, politics and what keeps her up at night. Find out what led to her becoming one of the most prominent environmental advocates/activists and what she's working on now.

Greenwashing Food: How to Smell a Rat

We've been talking about corporate "greenwashing" for a while, now, but if food activists have been hard at work talking to consumers about food systems, so have food marketers.


Factory farms administer antibiotics to farm animals to promote growth and compensate for filthy conditions. Learn how this threatens human health.

The Meatrix

Learn the truth about industrial agriculture through our award-winning Meatrix movies!

Meat Without Drugs

Consumers Union released the report, "Meat on Drugs" and, in partnership with FixFood, launched the Meat Without Drugs campaign to inspire action.

On Food and Pharmaceuticals

The impacts of industrial agriculture are a regular topic of discussion here on Ecocentric, but we've never delved into the complex relationship and alarming connections between our drug industry and our food industry, so we decided to take a look.

Sustainable Livestock Husbandry

Learn how sustainable farms raise healthy animals using practices that benefit the environment and bolster local economies.

Food Policy & Regulation

Public policy can build a sustainable food system, or further entrench industrial agriculture. Learn about the policies that determine what we eat - and what you can do to improve them.

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