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Food

True? Or Not? "Regular use of antibiotics in healthy cows, pigs and chickens has led to increased antibiotic resistance in humans eating meat products."

Antibiotics are an integral component of animal health. All uses of antibiotics improve animal health, and these improvements in animal health can substantially improve human health because healthier animals lead to safer food. All uses of antibiotics also have the potential to increase antibiotic resistance. While all antibiotic uses can select for resistance, the high dose therapeutic uses th…

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True? Or Not? "Small farms and increased consumer purchases of locally-produced food products better for the future of American agriculture and the environment."

Many consumers are nostalgic for the bucolic scenes associated with the small farms of generations past and have embraced farmers markets and other opportunities to buy their food from "local" producers. Consumers might be surprised to find that this approach may not provide the long-term benefits to agriculture or the environment as they believe.

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True? Or Not? "Many U.S. farmers would not be able to make a living raising corn and other high-acreage field crops without government subsidies."

Like all businesses, farming is subject to the prevailing market forces that dictate whether production is expanded or contracted based on input and labor costs as well as the existing market opportunities. While farm payments help some farmers navigate tough market conditions in the short-term, farm payments do not necessary effect the long-term viability of producers or the price of food.

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True? Or Not? "Food grown and produced in the U.S. is as safe or safer than food grown outside the U.S."

True? Or Not? "Food grown and produced in the U.S. is as safe or safer than food grown outside the U.S."

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True? Or Not? "Meat from grass-fed cattle is safer than meat from cattle that are fed corn."

Even corn-fed beef cattle spend most of their lives eating grass. High-corn diets are only fed in the final finishing phase of production. Whether cattle are raised in pastures or fed corn in feedlots,

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True? Or Not? "The well-being of farm animals on larger operations is disregarded in the pursuit of higher profits."

The question is often asked by critics of modern animal agriculture but the size of the farm is not a reliable indicator of animal welfare. Research shows good animal husbandry has more to do with the people providing the care.

Small and large farms present different challenges, but both require skilled and conscientious management to promote good animal care. While there are fewer anima…

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