To make their case that genetically engineered foods should not be the only foods under label requirements, the LA Times wrote: “By contrast, there is obvious reason to be worried about the fact that three-fourths of the antibiotics in this country are used to fatten and prevent disease in livestock, not to treat disease in people. The rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria from overuse of pharmaceuticals poses a real threat to public health. So why label only the bioengineered foods?”
Those claims about antibiotics in food animal production have been widely disputed by producers and veterinarians, but apparently accepted as fact by the editors at the LA Times.
However, the LA Times offers one suggestion on which both producers and consumers can agree: “What’s needed is a consistent, rational food policy.”
Defining “rational,” however, may be a challenge.