16 April 2009

And a heart-warming animal story...

If you haven't seen it yet...

I have to admit, I was tearing up with happiness while watching it. It is SOOOO happy!

06 April 2009

Hooray for Pretty Pictures

Here is the March's Best Photography from National Geographic. Very Nice.

Another Reason to Go Organic

That is, if you have to eat meat, or other animal products. Here is a synopsis of a Scientific American podcast about how flies are transferring antibiotic-resistant microbes from factory farms to US. Apparently 70% of antibiotics used in our country are applied to livestock. So, really, this antibiotic resistance problem is more about factory farms, which totally makes sense, because they are unnecessarily giving antibiotics to animals before they get sick, just so they can grow more of them in a small area. Duh.

This is interesting to me, because I am working on a project that may lead to the development of new antibiotics - but I assumed they were only for people, because they would prevent disease associated with certain bugs, not actually kill them. You would think this sort of antibiotic would be less useful for factory farmers. You can imagine at some point all our traditional antibiotics failing, and you would have bug-specific antibiotics that would be used for preventing disease in humans. This could potentially be a good thing, because then the farmers would be unable to overcrowd. Maybe.

I just think its weird how people have to deal with the consequences of farming practices with their health. Doesn't seem as worth it anymore, does it?