Media Watch, The Untold Antibiotic Story
James Arnold, Food Systems Insider
There is usually no medicine for the sick feeling industry insiders get when the nation’s media tackle antibiotic use in farm production.
Invariably, the stories have sensational headlines telling consumers the food they have trusted for years is going to keep them — or their children — from fending off the next bout of the flu. The articles are peppered with comments from activist organizations like the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Union of Concerned Scientists or Keep Antibiotics Working. Near the end of the articles, the reporters work in the other perspective. That perspective varies from corporate no comments to short clips from reasoned explanations that sound sketchy without the background that ends up on the cutting-room floor.