09/01/2010 - If anyone should understand how plants and animals evolve through the intervention of human agency, it's the farmers and the scientists of the agribusiness world. Over the centuries, they have selected and combined and weeded and cross-pollinated to create everything from cows that give a lot of milk to corn that stands up tall and straight.
What too many of them don't seem to get, however, is that they are also creating another breed of creatures. But this one won't help the farmer's bottom line, or contribute to the consumer's dinner table. It will pose a threat to large numbers of human beings who will never set foot on a farm.
That's why it is imperative that a bill promoted by U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter should become law (the bill is the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act, H.R. 1549), and why it is troubling that the state's major farm group is one of the major impediments to its success.
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