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Big Ag + Big Pharma = Big Problems

Maryn McKenna’s Big Chicken goes deep on feeding antibiotics to farm animals.

Clucking about Maryn McKenna “BIG CHICKEN” Book Party with White Oak Pastures Nov. 15

Maryn McKenna’s newly released book -- “BIG CHICKEN – The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats” -- is poised to ruffle some feathers in a healthy way. The acclaimed journalist...Show More Summary

'A chicken worth eating tastes like a chicken that had a life worth living'

Maryn McKenna, author of Big Chicken, tells Lucy Rock how antibiotics created modern agriculture, changed the way we eat and gave rise to deadly superbugs Extract: read this and you may never eat chicken again Maryn McKenna is the author...Show More Summary

How America’s Love Of Cheap, Fatty Chicken Led To ‘Superbugs’ — And Way Too Many Boring Meals

Maryn McKenna chased the medical mystery of drug-resistant infections right to the source: industrial chicken farms.

An eye-opening history of chicken dinners and antibiotic resistance

3 months agoHealth : The Checkup

Maryn McKenna says the drugs used to raise poultry have created a serious health threat.

6 questions with Big Chicken author Maryn McKenna

"The big question for chicken—and for any meat that goes antibiotic-free—is a question that faces all of food production: Is better, safer food going to be something that only well-off people can afford? That hangs over all of these transformations of food systems," Maryn McKenna says.

Antibiotics Made Cheap Chicken Possible. They Also Made Superbugs

In her new book, Big Chicken, Maryn McKenna traces the evolution of antimicrobial resistance from poultry farms to hospital emergency rooms.

Consumers want antibiotic-free chicken. Can companies and farmers afford it?

Antibiotics don’t just fight infections; they also fatten chickens. In an excerpt from her new book, Big Chicken, Atlanta journalist Maryn McKenna explores how consumer demand is forcing huge companies, such as Perdue and Chick-fil-A, to go antibiotic-free.

Forget Zika for a moment. The future is in Africa’s yellow fever outbreak. 

From Maryn McKenna at NatGeo: Zika virus has been earning all the headlines, because it is already affecting Americans—including 300 pregnant women, according to a new CDC estimate—and is expected to move into U.S. mosquitoes as the summer bug season starts. But outside the United States, another mosquito-borne disease is attracting the world’s attention, and […]

Zika, Rubella, and the Procedure That Shall Not Be Named

By way of Scary Disease Lady (aka ‘Maryn McKenna’), we come across the CDC’s recommendations for pregnant women who might have been exposed to the Zika virus, which has been linked to a twenty-fold increase in microcephaly. This is the … Continue reading ?

How Much Is That Colistin in the Window?

Scary Disease Woman (aka ‘Maryn McKenna’) has a great article on buying medical antibiotics in large volume over the counter. You should read the whole thing, but this screenshot is pretty terrifying: Yes, colistin, the last line antibiotic, can be … Continue reading ?

On Threshold Of Post Antibiotic Era

2 years agoHumor / odd : FuturePundit

Watch this: Maryn McKenna: What do we do when antibiotics don?t work any more? 50,000 people per year in the United States and 700,000 per year globally are dying from infections which can resist all antibiotics. We'll lose surgery because opening the body will let in resistant bacteria. Show More Summary

Remember When I Wrote That Some Antibiotic Resistance Is Annoying But Not Catastrophic?

Well, I also mentioned that sometimes antibiotic resistance is catastrophic. By way of Scary Disease Woman (aka ‘Maryn McKenna’), here ya go (boldface mine): To investigate the antibacterial resistance to doripenem in China and to understand the distribution trends of … Continue reading ?

Check out Germination, A New Blog On 'Diseases, Drugs, Farms, and Food'

3 years agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

The supremely talented Maryn McKenna – who writes on public health, infectious diseases, food policy, and more – has some new digs over at National Geographic. Her new blog, which launched last Thursday, is called Germination, and is well worth adding to your feed reader of choice. Read more...

Open Thread: Turkey Shopping PSA

Maryn McKenna, at “Superbug”, her Wired blog: “To Slow Down Drug Resistance in Health Care, Buy an Antibiotic-Free Turkey for Thanksgiving“: … How can healthcare workers contribute to slowing down antibiotic resistance? A healthcareShow More Summary

Is The Ebola Epidemic Just Getting Started?

Maryn McKenna flags a paper that attempts to calculate the outbreak’s reproductive number (i.e., the number of cases likely to be caused by one infected person) and comes to a startling conclusion: The Eurosurveillance paper, by two researchers from the University of Tokyo and Arizona State University, attempts to derive what the reproductive rate has […]

This lime is offensive

3 years agoHumor : Boing Boing

The "kaffir" in "Kaffir lime" is actually a racial slur. At National Geographic, Maryn McKenna struggles with how to deal with foods that have offensive names. Read the rest

A visit to a heritage chicken farm

4 years agoHumor : Boing Boing

Homogenized genetics makes sense for industrial food production, but it limits our ability to adapt to changing climate and other risks. In the first of a series on the science of agriculture, Maryn McKenna visits a farm that's protecting our food's genetic heritage. (Video Link)

The Syrian civil war and the Aleppo pepper

4 years agoHumor : Boing Boing

Maryn McKenna writes about the impact of war on culinary traditions and location-centric foods.

Could super flu escape the laboratory?

4 years agoHumor : Boing Boing

A new paper estimates the risk of a laboratory-enhanced flu strain escaping said laboratory at between 5 and 60 percent. Maryn McKenna explains what that wide, wide spread actually means.

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