Discovered: Animals on factory farms need a lot of antibiotics; endangered tortoises aren't turned on by piano music; comfort food raises risk of stroke; teddy bears aren't a sign of immaturity.
Meat industry gobbles up the vast majority of antibiotics. It's hard to keep hordes of livestock from falling ill when you pack them in so tightly on cramped industrial feedlots. That's why the meat industry came up with the ingenious solution of pumping them full of antibiotics. According to a new calculation from the Pew Charitable Trust based on FDA data, a full 80 percent of the United States' supply of antibiotics is going into animals raised for food. That number should alarm you, because overusing antibiotics has been linked with the rise of nasty drug-resistant strains of salmonella and Campylobacter that find their way onto meat eaters' plates (and their bloodstreams). Mother Jones agriculture blogger Tom Philpott concludes, "While the FDA dithers with voluntary approaches to regulation, the meat industry is feasting on antibiotics and sending out product tainted with antibiotic-resistant bugs." [Mother Jones]
Soothing live music still can't get these endangered tortoises to mate. The London Zoo has adopted a strange tactic in their effort to get a pair of endangered Galapagos tortoises to mate. Seventy-year-old Dirk has been reluctant to reproduce with female counterparts Delores, Dolly, Priscilla, or Polly. So the zookeepers called up French pianist Richard Clayderman, hoping a soothing live performance from the musician would put Dirk in the mood. Alas, no luck. Maybe Dirk is more of an R&B kind of guy? [The Guardian]