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Chicken has surpassed beef as the meat of choice for most Americans. Now there’s evidence that the raising of chickens could be a risk to human health. The Reuters News Service has reported what federal regulators did not know—that major poultry farms consistently feed their flocks low levels of antibiotics. Public health experts call that a recipe for creating antibiotic “superbugs” resistant to one of the “miracles of modern medicine.” But it’s not illegal, and the chicken industry insists the warning is overblown. We’ll hear both sides.

Also, Obama promises not to send ground troops to Iraq, and do schools need surplus military equipment to keep order on campus?

Banner Image: Poultry products at a grocery store in Fairfax, Virginia; Credit: Lance Cheung/USDA

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Katie Cooper

Obama Promises No Ground Troops in Iraq 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Yesterday, General Martin Dempsey, Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate committee he might have to ask the President for ground troops to go back to Iraq, this time to fight the extremist group ISIS. Today in Florida, after meeting with senior commanders there, Mr. Obama reiterated that American forces "do not and will not have a combat mission." Jamie Tarabay is Senior Staff Writer with Al Jazeera America.

Guests:
Jamie Tarabay, Al Jazeera America (@jamietarabay)

Feeding Antibiotics to Chickens, Creating Superbugs for Humans? 34 MIN, 14 SEC

The World Health Organization reports that resistance to antibiotics threatens a major achievement of modern medicine. Now, the Reuters News Service has reported that five major American chicken producers consistently feed their flocks low levels of antibiotics—a formula for creating antibiotic resistance. The evidence is contained on “feed tickets” from Tyson’s Foods, Pilgrims’ Pride, George’s, Koch Foods and Perdue Farms, and it’s information federal regulators did not know.

Guests:
Keeve Nachman, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (@livablefuture)
Bruce Stewart-Brown, Perdue Farms
Jonathan Kaplan, Natural Resources Defense Council (@NRDCfood)
Bill Mattos, California Poultry Federation (@Cali_Poultry)

Schools Receive Military Equipment 9 MIN, 17 SEC

The Pentagon has been criticized for “militarizing” local police departments by handing out surplus equipment. Now it turns out that some local public school police forces are getting equipment, too. School Police Chief Steve Zimmerman says he’ll give back the grenade launchers—but he wants to hang on to the 14-ton armored vehicle.Do schools need surplus military equipment to keep order on campus? Niraj Chokshi is reporting the story for the Washington Post.

A coalition of civil rights groups and others focused on juvenile issues has formally asked the Pentagon to “end the transfer of military weapons to local school districts and police departments for use in K-12 public schools.” Janel George represents the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

Guests:
Niraj Chokshi, Washington Post (@NirajC)
Janel George, NAACP Legal Defense Fund (@LDFJanel)

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