We have a problem here. Or rather we might have a problem. Its hard to tell you see. It seems the USDA may be quashing a report by one of its analysts that basically debunks industrial agriculture’s position on MRSA and other antibiotic resistant pathogens and their connection to the use of antibiotics in factory farming.
Back in June, the USDA put the review up on its National Agricultural Library website. Soon after, a Dow Jones story quoted a USDA official who declared it to be based on “reputed, scientific, peer-reviewed, and scholarly journals.” She added that the report should not be seen as a “representation of the official position of USDA.” That’s fair enough—the review was designed to sum up the state of science on antibiotic resistance and factory farms, not the USDA’s position on the matter.
The Union of Concerned Scientists is on this one, making sure that despite USDA’s take-down of the report, its available in its original form here.