What is Big Think?  

We are Big Idea Hunters…

We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think is an evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet — the ideas that can help you think flexibly and act decisively in a multivariate world.

A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

Big ideas are lenses for envisioning the future. Every article and video on bigthink.com and on our learning platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is significant, widely relevant, and actionable. We’re sifting the noise for the questions and insights that have the power to change all of our lives, for decades to come. For example, reverse-engineering is a big idea in that the concept is increasingly useful across multiple disciplines, from education to nanotechnology.

Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

Big Think Features:

12,000+ Expert Videos


Browse videos featuring experts across a wide range of disciplines, from personal health to business leadership to neuroscience.

Watch videos

World Renowned Bloggers


Big Think’s contributors offer expert analysis of the big ideas behind the news.

Go to blogs

Big Think Edge


Big Think’s Edge learning platform for career mentorship and professional development provides engaging and actionable courses delivered by the people who are shaping our future.

Find out more

Four-Fifths Of All Antibiotics In The US Go To Livestock

February 13, 2013, 2:00 PM

What's the Latest Development?

Last week, the FDA released a report summarizing the use of antimicrobial drugs, including antibiotics, in livestock production in 2011. The Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming compared the FDA's data to that for human antibiotic use and discovered that almost four times as many pounds of antibiotics -- 29.9 million -- were given to healthy livestock as were given to sick people. Furthermore, as demonstrated in an infographic, the amount of antibiotics used for livestock has increased since 2003, while the amount used for humans has largely leveled off over the same time period.

What's the Big Idea?

In addition, the Pew campaign looked at the latest data from the FDA's National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS), which tests meat samples for pathogens. Writer Tom Philpott reports that based on this data, bacteria genera such as Salmonella and Campylobacter have become significantly resistant to one or more antibiotics over time. In the case of Campylobacter, about 95 percent of retail chicken products were contaminated, and of those, about half of the bacteria was resistant to tetracyclines.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

Read it at Mother Jones


Four-Fifths Of All Antibiot...

Newsletter: Share: