California’s Leader Calls for No Antibiotics in Food Production

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  • California’s leader calls for no antibiotics in food production: The governor of California Mr. Brown recently vetoed a new state law focused on reduction of antibiotics use in livestock production. The bill was proposing to ban the use of antibiotics for growth in animals and required all antibiotics to be prescribed only by a veterinarian. The governor said that lawmakers should look for “new and effective ways” to prevent antibiotic overuse and described the proposed law as too similar to the FDA’s existent measures and too weak to make any real change: “Scientists around the world are warning that we are overusing these life-saving medicines in both human medicine and to raise animal”. According to a recent FDA data, about 30 million pounds of antibiotics are used in animal production every year. That number represents about 80 percent of all antibiotics used, largely contributing to the increasing antibiotics resistance. And approximately 10 percent of these drugs are being mixed into animal feed or water to solely promote their growth.
  • Detroit could be the next climate refuge center: As scientists are trying to model scenarios how climate change will affect American cities, according to available data it’s clear that some cities will be winners, and others would be losers as sea level rises and natural disasters such as extreme drought, storms, or floods will be more extreme in certain areas. For example: Matthew E. Kahn, author and professor of environmental economics at the University of California, Los Angeles, is betting on ‘elevated inland cities’ in the U.S. midsection such as Salt Lake City, Milwaukee, and Detroit. Also, TreeHugger writers Lloyd Alter and John Laumer have made the case that rust belt cities near abundant water sources are prime to become the next green economic centers. Many agree on the green future of Detroit. In the aftermath of its bankruptcy, Detroit has recently gotten a lot of bad publicity as a deteriorating city. But, there are a lot of positive things happening that could lay a good foundation for its near future: many urban farms have been planted, the bike culture is on a rise, and many artists and creative professionals are moving to the City for its inexpensive living, a phenomena seen in the past in other big cities on decline, such as New York City or Los Angeles. Therefore, Detroit could become the climate refuge for city dwellers in a near future.
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