11/01/2011 - The third largest school district in the country on Tuesday began serving chickens raised without antibiotics, a major win for public health advocates who have been warning about the rising threat of antibiotic resistance.
Chicago Public Schools announced that it will be serving 1.2 million pounds of antibiotic-free chicken from Amish farms - about a quarter of the total it serves every year - to more than 300,000 school children. The Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming, which was involved in the deal, said getting the school district on board was part of a two-pronged strategy to reduce antibiotic use in animal agriculture.
"We're trying to drive change at the Food and Drug Administration," said Laura Rogers, the campaign's director. "But we're also trying to drive changes in the marketplace through the power of consumer choice."
Rogers said the school district's announcement demonstrates that antibiotic-free farming is "mainstream and affordable."
Read the full article, Chicago Public Schools Adopts Antibiotic-free Chickens, on the Hill's Web site.