BIKE COMMUTING SKYROCKETING, esp. in “Bike Friendly Communities”


Bicycle parking lot in Amsterdam.

Bicycle parking lot in Amsterdam. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Foreign Correspondent trailer 1 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bike Commuting Skyrocketing, Especially In “Bike Friendly Communities”

Posted: 25 May 2013 09:17 AM PDT

Here are a couple reposts from Bikocity. The first documents the rise of bike commuting in the US, especially in “Bicycle Friendly Communities” and 10 key cities. The second repost is about how Bicycle Friendly Communities are evaluated. Check them out:

Where Bike Commuting Grows Fastest (Infographics)

The League of American Bicyclists recently created some cool infographics about bicycle commuter growth across the country.

In general, bike commuting has skyrocketed, doubling from 1.7 billion in 2001 to 4 billion in 2009. However, the growth has occurred to a much greater degree in cities and towns that have been designated as Bicycle-Friendly Communities by the League.

bike commuting growth

“From 2000 to 2011, the bicycle commuting rate has risen 80% in the largest Bicycle Friendly Communities — far above the average growth of 47% nationwide and more than double the rate of 32% in the cities not designated as bicycle-friendly,” Carolyn Szczepanski the League writes.

Several cities have even seen growth of 100% to 450% [PDF]!

growth of bicycle commuting top cities

Want more data? Carolyn’s rounded some up for you:

Looking for bike commute data for your area?

  • Click here to download 2010 bicycle commuting data for all 375 citiesincluded in the American Community Survey
  • Click here to download bicycle commute data from 1990 to 2011 for the 70 largest U.S. cities, including percentage of bicycle commuters and percent change
  • Click here for 2011 state commute rates, including bicycle commuting by gender

 

How Bicycle Friendly Communities Are Evaluated (Infographic)

Several years ago, I was the director of an organization in the Charlottesville, Virginia region that got Charlottesville designated as a Bicycle Friendly Community (BFA). There were great guiding documents that the League of American Bicyclists supplied as part of the application process, but it certainly would have been nice to have this infographic* below that the League just created to delineate the differences between Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum awardees. Check it out. You can also download a PDF version here.

I think you're going to gonna have to click this one to see the details.I think you’re going to gonna have to click this one to see the details.

To make it clear that this isn’t a strict tool for measuring which category a community falls into, the League’s Carolyn Szczepanski adds:

“Now, the beauty of the BFA program is the fact that it’s not one-size-fits-all. We’re able to take into account the unique characteristics of each community — so it’s not a rigid rubric. But we love the way this distills some of the key benchmarks and metrics in an interesting and engaging way.”

*Note: the infographic was developed in coordination with the Language Dept for the League of American Bicyclists.

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Holland — The Original Cool (& Green)

Posted: 25 May 2013 08:55 AM PDT

Holland — one of my favorite places in the world. More info in this Bikocity repost below.

Below is a fun (& funny) video about Holland. Of course, biking is highlighted a bit. Biking makes life so much cooler, easier, more relaxed and carefree. It is used in (non-car) advertisements of all kinds simply to stick a cooler and more positive image on the product being sold. With bicycling at the center of one’s transportation system, the quality of life rises tremendously.

At one point in the video, the narrator jokes, “They still drive cars. Haha.”

I actually lived in the Netherlands (Groningen) for 5 months. I’ve never been to a country or city with a higher quality of life. It’s a full level above anyplace I’ve been in the US. (Notably, I’ve lived in several “best cities” in the US — Charlottesville (VA), Chapel Hill (NC), Sarasota (FL), Sunnyvale (CA), Ithaca (NY).)

Frankly, the video really does nail the exceptional “original cool” of Holland (which, to be specific, is only a region of the Netherlands).

 

One note: the narrator highlights the country’s green energy. Sadly, the Netherlands is no longer a leader in green energy. Hopefully that will change sometime soon.

h/t Grist

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RNA Interference: Nanocoatings on Bandages…


microRNA biogenesis and action.

microRNA biogenesis and action. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Scooped by Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
onto Amazing Science

RNA Interference: Nanocoatings on bandages could deliver RNAs to shut off disease-related genes

From cen.acs.org- Today, 4:31 AM

Medical researchers think specially tailored RNA sequences could turn off genes in patients’ cells to encourage wound healing or to kill tumor cells. Now researchers have developed a nanocoating for bandages that could deliver these fragile gene-silencing RNAs right where they’re needed (ACS Nano 2013, DOI:10.1021/nn401011n). The team hopes to produce a bandage that shuts down genes standing in the way of healing in chronic wounds.

Small interfering RNAs, or siRNAs, derail expression of specific genes in cells by binding to other RNA molecules that contain the code for those genes. Biologists have developed siRNAs that target disease-related genes. But for these siRNAs to reach the clinic, researchers must find a way to deliver the molecules safely to the right cells. Unfortunately, free oligonucleotides like siRNAs don’t fare well inside the body or cells as enzymes and acids quickly chop them up, says Paula T. Hammond, a chemical engineer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Other groups have tackled this delivery challenge by attaching siRNAs to chemical carriers that protect the oligonucleotides as they travel through the bloodstream. The pharmaceutical company Sanofi-Aventis asked Hammond to design a vehicle that would work at the site of a wound or tumor, releasing the siRNAs over a long period of time. The company hoped that putting the biomolecules right where they’re needed, without them having to survive a trip through the bloodstream, would increase the efficacy of the treatment.

Hammond and her colleagues produced an siRNA-containing nanocoating that could be applied to a wide range of medical materials, such as bandages or biodegradable polymers doctors could implant during surgery to prevent an excised tumor from coming back. As the coating slowly dissolves, it releases siRNA molecules tethered to protective nanoparticles.

The thin films consist of two different materials: a peptide called protamine sulfate and calcium phosphate nanoparticles decorated with the therapeutic siRNAs. Other researchers have shown that similar nanoparticles help the nucleotides evade destruction once they’re taken up by cells (J. Controlled Release 2010, DOI: 10.1016/j.jconrel.2009.11.008).

The team alternately dips whatever they want to coat in water solutions of the two materials. The RNA and nanoparticles are negatively charged, and the peptides are positively charged. The two substances cling together due to electrostatic force, producing a film when the water dries.

To test their delivery method, the researchers coated woven nylon bandages with 80-nm-thick films and applied the bandages to layers of human and animal cells in culture. In one experiment, a bandage loaded with 19 µg of siRNA per square centimeter released two-thirds of its load over 10 days. Other bandages made using siRNAs targeting the gene for fluorescent green protein almost completely shut down the protein’s production in cells expressing the gene. Hammond says the group is now testing bandages that knock down MMP9, a collagen-destroying protein associated with slow healing in chronic wounds.

Over 800 world scientists agree: GM crops are nothing short of a bio-war on our food


th6Over 800 world scientists agree: GM crops are nothing short of a bio-war on our food  copied by www.aworldchaos.wordpress.com/

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand why genetically modified foods are dangerous, but if you look closely, you may just find the name of one listed among the names of more than 800 scientists from around the globe who have joined forces in an open letter to all world governments, outlining their detailed concerns over the alarming potential threat of biotech’s unauthorized, worldwide GM foods experiment.

Read More…

Sources for this article include:
http://www.i-sis.org.uk/list.php
http://www.the-scientist.com
http://www.grain.org
http://www.naturalnews.com/037289_Monsanto_corporations_ethics.html

eating animals : the consequences


 
Animals Australia

Annamaria — please take a day off. You deserve it. Take a day off from worries, from bad hair, traffic jams, and particularly, from annoying TV ads…Speaking of ads — it’s hard not to notice that Meat & Livestock Australia has hijacked Australia Day! Strewth — any visiting tourist would think that Sam Kekovich is the father of Australia and that it’s a local tradition to lob a little lamb on the barbie to prove how Australian you are! Crikey — it’s just a multimillion dollar marketing campaign to sell more lamb!

We thought Straya (‘Australia’ for our overseas friends) was all about a fair go for all; about sticking up for the undersheepdog; and above all, about looking out for our mates (four legged mates included of course).

Help us take back Australia Day in the true Aussie spirit — a day when EVERYONE deserves a day off…

This Australia Day, EVERYONE deserves a day off!

Okay, so we’re ‘taking the piss’ (a bit). But really, MLA’s campaign to urge Aussies to eat more animals should be no laughing matter. Apart from the fact that lambs are so super cute, Australians are facing a rising obesity and heart disease epidemic — conditions linked to the over consumption of animal products. Our planet’s health is suffering too. This month we sweltered through the hottest day on record — all the while our pollies conveniently ignored the fact that farming animals for food is creating more climate-warming greenhouse gasses than all of the world’s planes, trains and automobiles combined.

It’s enough to send you bonkers!

So this Australia Day, we’re calling on all true-blue Aussies to help animals, our health, and our planet — by throwing some cruelty-free tucker on the barbie. Because being Australian is more than just abbreviating all your words with the letter ‘o’. Bloody oath. It’s about taking a stand. Doing what’s right. And hosting a BBQ that will be the envy of all your neighbours. Click here and we’ll show you how!

Whatever you get up to on your day off, we wish you a happy, safe, rip-snorter of a day.

Cheers, from your mates at Animals Australia.

P.S. We need your help to spread the word that animals deserve a day off too. It’s easy. Tell your folks. Tell your mates. Share this funny video on Facebook and Twitter. Forget John Farnham — this year, YOU’RE the voice!

HARRASSMENT in OAXACA, MEXICO over MEGA-WIND-FARM-DEVELOPMENT


by | October 9, 2012 · 4:30 pm

Escalating harassment in Oaxaca, Mexico over mega-wind farm development

Note: Once again we are reminded that however fuzzy the solutions sound (wind power being one of the favorite “solutions” to climate change trotted out again and again), until the root cause of our common problems are addressed: i.e. a neoliberal society ruled by a global elite who care nothing for people or the planet, there can be no real solutions to the crises we collectively face.

–The GJEP Team

8th October 2012

Declaration against escalating harassment in San Dionisio del Mar, Oaxaca, Mexico 

To All Social and Indigenous Peoples Organizations

To All Those in Solidarity with the Struggle of Indigenous Peoples

To the International and Mexican Media
With this communique, we denounce the escalating violence and harassment against members of the Ikojts community, who are opposing the imposition of the San Dionisio windpark megaproject in Oaxaca, Mexico.

These actions are being undertaken by leaders from the PRI [political party], Jorge Castellanos and Ernesto Juárez, who are using violence and aggressions to ensure that construction on the windpark can get underway.

On the 29th September a group of 20 people tried to attack members of the community who oppose the project, in the zone of El Faro.  The attack was led by San Dionisio’s municipal agent Pueblo Viejo (who had received a new truck from the little know Municipal President Miguel Castellanos). The community members managed to avoid further confrontation, as our protest has been, and remains, non-violent from our side.

Following this, on the 30th September, at about 11 pm comrade Isaul Celaya and two other community members returned to their homes after having participated in an assembly, were attacked by a truck being driven by Jorge Castellanos; they were able to survive the attack.

Then, on the 6th October, during the night, a group of people from PRI marched through the streets of San Dionisio del Mar, and publically threatened several community members, as well as other comrades from the movement, Bettina Cruz Velazquez and Carlos Beas Torres. Furthermore, they affirmed that they would use any means necessary in order to be able to begin work on the wind farm on 9th October. They also vowed to use force to block the Caravan for Solidarity with the Resistance of the Ikjots People, which is scheduled to entering the zone on the 10th October.

Faced with this escalation of violence, and faced with the imminence of an attack on our protest site [plantón] which we have set up at the Municipal Palace [Town Hall], we met yesterday and resolved not to leave for Mexico City, where we were planning to  demonstrate in front of the Interamerican Development Bank. However, we will still carry out this action, and we will reissue a call for it in the next few days.

Despite this climate of violence and threats, we confirm that the Solidarity Caravan will still be undertaken as planned. Several national and international media have confirmed their participation, as have social and indigenous organizations and Human Rights Groups from Oaxaca and around the country. Several neighbouring communities, such as the people of Chimalapa and young people from the movement Yosoy132, will also send representatives.

We blame any violence that may occur against us on Jorge Castellanos and Ernesto Juárez, as well as on their sponsoring company, Mareña Renovable.

No to the destruction of our Land!
No to the megaprojects which are killing our People! 

Signed:

Asamblea General de Comuneros de San Dionisio del Mar (General Assembly of Community Members of San Dionisio del Mar)
Asamblea de Pueblos Indígenas del Istmo de Tehuantepec en Defensa de la Tierra y el Territorio (Assembly of Indigenous Peoples of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Defense of the Land and Territory)

Unión de Comunidades Indígenas de la Zona Norte del Istmo (Union of Inigenous Communities in the Northern Zone of the Isthmus)

Red Nacional de Resistencia Civil contra las Altas tarifas Eléctricas (National Network of Civil Resistence Against High Electricity Fees)

Frente del Istmo contra la Imposición (Isthmus Front Against the Imposition)

Maiz-Oaxaca
Radio Huave de San Francisco del Mar.
Frente Regional de Pueblos Indigenas del bajo Mixe-Choapa (Regional Front of Indigenous People in the Mixe-Choapa Region)
Radio Las Voces de los Pueblos (Radio of the Peoples’ Voices)
Radio Totopo

Green Grabs: The dark side of the green economy


United Nations Conference on Environment and D...

United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Photo credit: United Nations Photo)

FARM NEWS

Green grabs: The dark side of the green economy
by Staff Writers
London, UK (SPX) Jun 21, 2012


If sustainable development is genuinely to be pursued at Rio+20 and beyond, we need to recapture nature from the market’s grasp, nurturing and legitimising more interconnected human-ecological relationships and understandings, along with tried-and-tested forms of local ecosystem stewardship based on them.

‘Green grabbing’ – the rapidly-growing appropriation of land and resources in the name of ‘green ‘ biofuels, carbon offsetting schemes, conservation effortsand eco-tourism initiatives – is forcing people from their homelands and increasing poverty, new research has found.

Ecosystems being ‘asset-stripped’ for profit is likely to cause dispossession and further poverty amongst already-poor land and resource users, according to a set of 17 new research case studies from Africa, Asia and Latin America, published in a special issue of the Journal of Peasant Studies.

“Green grabs are the dark side of the green economy,” said Professor Melissa Leach, director of the ESRC STEPS Centre. “If market-based mechanisms are to contribute to sustainable development and the building of economies that are not only green but also fair, then fostering an agenda focused on distribution, equity and justice in green market arrangements is vital.”

This means including meaningful local engagement and consultation based on transparency, accountability and free, prior informed consent. Yet green markets cannot do it all. In the rush to repair a damaged nature through trading and offset schemes, the political-economic structures that caused the damage in the first place must not be neglected.

Responsibility for tackling unsustainable practices in wealthy industrialised settings should not be offloaded by financialising ecosystems in other parts of the world.

And if sustainable development is genuinely to be pursued at Rio+20 and beyond, we need to recapture nature from the market’s grasp, nurturing and legitimising more interconnected human-ecologicalrelationships and understandings, along with tried-and-tested forms of local ecosystem stewardship based on them.

Examples of green grabs include: in Guatemala, conservation agencies, ecotourism companies and the military are ‘protecting’ the Guatemalan Maya Biosphere Reserve as a ‘Maya-themed vacationland’, violently excluding local people.

In Eastern and Southern Africa, businesses are revaluing soil systems and farming practicesfor ‘biochar’, dispossessing farmers and pastoralists from land and resources important for their livelihoods.

Meanwhile evidence is mounting that some Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD and REDD+) schemes are dispossessing local forest users of vital resource access.

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What Do GMO Seeds Have to do with Bee Die-Offs in the Corn Belt?


What Do GMO Seeds Have to Do With Bee Die-Offs in the Corn Belt?

Heather Pilatic
Occupy Monsanto
2012-05-22 16:53:00

In the last few weeks beekeepers have reported staggering losses in Minnesota, Nebraska and Ohio after their hives foraged on pesticide-treated corn fields. Indiana too, two years ago. What’s going on in the Corn Belt?

No farmer in their right mind wants to poison pollinators. When I spoke with one Iowa corn farmer in January and told him about the upcoming release of a Purdue study confirming corn as a major pesticide exposure route for bees, his face dropped with worn exasperation. He looked down for a moment, sighed and said,
“You know, I held out for years on buying them GE [genetically modified or engineered] seeds, but now I can’t get conventional seeds anymore. They just don’t carry ’em.”
This leaves us with two questions: 1) What do GE seeds have to do with neonicotinoids and bees? and 2) How can an Iowa corn farmer find himself feeling unable to farm without poisoning pollinators? In other words, where did U.S. corn cultivation go wrong?

The short answer to both questions starts with a slow motion train wreck that began in the mid-1990s: Corn integrated pest management (IPM) fell apart at the seams. Rather, it was intentionally unraveled by Bayer and Monsanto.
Comment: To learn more about the serious negative impact of pesticide use among bee populations and the growing issue of ‘colony collapse disorder’ read the following articles:

Silent Hives: Colony Collapse Disorder and Pesticides
More Evidence Rises Of Role Pesticides Play In Bee Colony Collapse
Honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder Finally Explained: Too Many Chemicals
A Last (Chemical) Gasp for Bees?
Bayer in the Dock Over Pesticide Linked to Colony Collapse Disorder
If Bees Disappear, We’ll All Be Stung

“Fear is Pain Arising from the Anticipation of Evil.”


Where Fear & Terror are the Rule & Not the Exception

“Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.”

– Aristotle

 Are cows and pigs and chickens usually tortured on the farms at which they are raised? Absolutely not! Such undercover videos are horrific to watch, but are the exception and not the rule. Unhappy cows do not produce as much milk as happy cows.

Are farmed animals abused and tortured once they get to slaughter? Absolutely not, unless you call ‘slicing an animal’s throat after stunning it with a bolt to the head’ torture. In most cases of actual slaughter, the act of death is delivered in a manner in which the animal does not suffer fear and terror. Efficient slaughter translates into profit for the owners of slaughterhouse operations.

People such as Temple Grandin have worked to change the entire slaughterhouse standard operating procedures to make the slaughter process more compassionate for animals. Forgive me for admitting this truth, but by designing ramps without dark shadows, and then re-designing ramps to go downhill rather than uphill, much of the fear suffered by animals prior to the killing act disappears.

See: http://www.TempleGrandin.com

Yet, in between life on the farm, and death in the slaughterhouse, the animals fated to die are first transported to auction houses, and this is where they suffer the greatest fears and abuses. This new 2-minute undercover video will be difficult to watch, but such experience for an animal is the rule and not the exception.

If you do not yet eat a plant-based diet, this short film might become the trigger that changes your life. If it is not, consider that with each mouthful of cow or pig or chicken you eat, you then swallow, and digest their pain and fear.

http://www.mercyforanimals.org/auction/video.aspx

Many years after many such meals, you will suffer equivalent fear and pain upon receiving the diagnosis of your life-ending illness due to a lifetime of consuming the wrong foods. It is only then, after your stroke, or heart attack, or cancer, that your doctor will prescribe a vegan diet. In another generation, doctors will be wise enough to prescribe such diets before the disease.

At that time of your greatest phobos and deimos, you will ask God for help. Don’t waste your time. You have broken his first commandment:

“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” – Genesis 1:29

Why do I call the fear and terror and pain and torture at animal auctions the “rule” and not the exception? In the May 30, 2012 column in Capital Press (the West’s Ag Website), the owner of the auction house defends the actions of his employees. The article reports:

http://www.capitalpress.com/content/AP-livestock-auction-investigation-053012

“He has not been cited once in the 18 years he’s owned the business, he said, and grabbing animals by their necks and legs is necessary because they are not tame. ‘I think it’s a bunch of crap,’ Santorsola said. ‘How are you going to pick them up? They don’t have a leash. They run, believe me, they do run.'” Tell that to the judge in your July 20th court date, Mr. Santosorla, for the undercover video does not lie.

Why are we vegan??? http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=h4D2YGX9rWc

Make the connection!!!

“There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supersedes all other courts.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Robert Cohen  

http://www.notmilk.com

The Secret Source of Antibiotics in Our Food


Eye fillet of grass-fed beef.

Eye fillet of grass-fed beef. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Secret Source of Antibiotics in Your Food

A report calls out a dangerous habit used in farming and energy industries. The Secret Source of Antibiotics in Your Food A report calls out a dangerous habit used in farming and energy industries. By Leah Zerbe Topics: chemical farming Share on printShare on emailShare on twitterShare on facebookShare on google_plusone Ethanol byproducts serve as another source of antibiotics in livestock feed. For the last several decades, doctors have been warning about the dangerous practice of routinely feeding antibiotics to healthy animals. Many farmers do this in an attempt to ward off disease in crowded conditions and to speed growth, but public-health researchers have linked the overuse of antibiotics in farming to the sharp rise in hard-to-kill—and sometimes fatal—superbugs in people. While the use of antibiotics in readying farm animals for consumption is no secret to most Americans, another source of antibiotics likely is. A new report from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy calls out a surprising way the drugs wind up in the livestock many Americans eat: the process of producing ethanol. It All Starts With Corn To create crop-based ethanol, an increasingly common component of U.S. gasoline, producers use yeast to break down its sugars and ferment corn. The distillation process takes place in large vats of warm water, creating the perfect breeding ground for bacteria that could hamper ethanol yields. To counteract this, the report says that ethanol producers have routinely added antibiotics like penicillin and erythromycin to the fermentation tanks. “These antibiotics, distributed by animal drug manufacturers and chemical suppliers, are readily available without a prescription,” according to the report. In fact, they’re completely unregulated by the Food and Drug Administration, the same agency under fire for failing to curtail overuse of antibiotics in farming. So what does creating ethanol have to do with farm animals? The corn mash and liquid slurry by-products created during ethanol production are sold as animal feed. The beef and dairy industry are the biggest consumers of the ethanol by-product–based feed. “Residues of antibiotics in [ethanol-based feed]—the predictable result of adding antibiotics to ethanol fermentation vats—have the potential to cause increased antibiotic resistance, impacting the human population,” the author of the report writes. Don’t Buy Into This Dangerous Style of Farming Until government agencies take action to ban antibiotic use in animal feed, including ethanol by-product feeds, opt for organic, grass-fed dairy and beef. Cows’ digestive systems aren’t built for a corn diet, anyway, so supporting grass-fed operations means you’re supporting healthier cows boasting more nutrients, too. To learn more, read The Guide to Buying Grass-Fed Beef. .By Leah Zerbe Topics: chemical farming Share on printShare on emailShare on twitterShare on facebookShare on google_plusone Ethanol byproducts serve as another source of antibiotics in livestock feed. For the last several decades, doctors have been warning about the dangerous practice of routinely feeding antibiotics to healthy animals. Many farmers do this in an attempt to ward off disease in crowded conditions and to speed growth, but public-health researchers have linked the overuse of antibiotics in farming to the sharp rise in hard-to-kill—and sometimes fatal—superbugs in people. While the use of antibiotics in readying farm animals for consumption is no secret to most Americans, another source of antibiotics likely is. A new report from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy calls out a surprising way the drugs wind up in the livestock many Americans eat: the process of producing ethanol. It All Starts With Corn To create crop-based ethanol, an increasingly common component of U.S. gasoline, producers use yeast to break down its sugars and ferment corn. The distillation process takes place in large vats of warm water, creating the perfect breeding ground for bacteria that could hamper ethanol yields. To counteract this, the report says that ethanol producers have routinely added antibiotics like penicillin and erythromycin to the fermentation tanks. “These antibiotics, distributed by animal drug manufacturers and chemical suppliers, are readily available without a prescription,” according to the report. In fact, they’re completely unregulated by the Food and Drug Administration, the same agency under fire for failing to curtail overuse of antibiotics in farming. So what does creating ethanol have to do with farm animals? The corn mash and liquid slurry by-products created during ethanol production are sold as animal feed. The beef and dairy industry are the biggest consumers of the ethanol by-product–based feed. “Residues of antibiotics in [ethanol-based feed]—the predictable result of adding antibiotics to ethanol fermentation vats—have the potential to cause increased antibiotic resistance, impacting the human population,” the author of the report writes. Don’t Buy Into This Dangerous Style of Farming Until government agencies take action to ban antibiotic use in animal feed, including ethanol by-product feeds, opt for organic, grass-fed dairy and beef. Cows’ digestive systems aren’t built for a corn diet, anyway, so supporting grass-fed operations means you’re supporting healthier cows boasting more nutrients, too. To learn more, read The Guide to Buying Grass-Fed Beef. … Read the whole article there!