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VIP Dinner

The Organic Center is holding its 12th Annual VIP Dinner on Thursday, March 5th, 2015 in Anaheim, CA. With over 500 attendees expected, you won’t want to miss the largest organic business networking event at Expo West. At this celebratory fundraising dinner, you’ll hear thought-provoking keynote speakers discuss the intersection of food, farming, science and politics. A celebrity-chef-designed menu will feature delicious appetizers, delectable main courses, and mouthwatering desserts made with the finest organic ingredients. The evening will start with a cocktail reception and end with a rhythm & blues soul band — so you can count on plenty of time to connect with friends, colleagues, and the industry’s leading innovators.

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Human Contraction of Anti-biotic Resistant Diseases Linked to Antibiotic Use on Pig Farms

Sep 18, 2013
Photo Credit: Evelyn Simak

Photo Credit: Evelyn Simak

A recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine shows that antibiotic use on pig farms can lead to human infection with anti-biotic resistant bacteria.  The study looked at infection rates in Pennsylvania in areas near conventional pig farms, to determine if antibiotic resistant bacteria, specifically methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), were being transferred from pigs to humans.  They found that people who were exposed to conventional pig farms or manure were 30% – 38% more likely to get MRSA than individuals who were not exposed to conventional pig farms.  This study suggests that not only is antibiotic resistance developing on conventional animal farms in response to their overuse of antibiotics, but also that the bacteria can spread to humans.  Many researchers are now calling for a halt to the prophylactic use of antibiotics in agriculture, because it can lead to human health hazards.  

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