Farm antibiotics and superbugs are bad for our health—and the planet’s, too

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Think livestock poop loaded with antibiotics and antibiotic-resistant microbes is already terrifying? According to a new study, doped-up droppings aren’t just biohazards festering on farms across the country. They also contribute to climate change.

Soil microbial communities stressed by farm-borne superbugs and drugs can burn through up to 5.8 times the amount of soil carbon stores as their undisturbed counterparts. This is according to a new report in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Though the study didn’t plunge into the exact cause of the revved-up carbon cycling, the researchers speculate that the heavy use of antibiotics on farms leads to soil microbes getting locked into molecular arms-races and wars—both of which are metabolically costly endeavors.

The findings are

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Pugh Farms Poultry

We are Pugh Farms Poultry, and we run our own poultry CSA. We offer chicken, duck, and turkey. We raise everything here in the Hudson Valley on locally milled grain. Our birds are on pasture as soon as they’re able to tolerate the weather. Birds raised in the spring, summer and fall, spend their entire lives thereafter on pasture. The winter birds are in the barn when there’s snow on the ground or freezing temperatures. We don’t treat our birds or land with any herbicides, pesticides, hormones or antibiotics.

Our poultry products are available for CSA pick-up or purchase at farmers markets in Suffern, Haverstraw, West Point, and Rye Brook. The Suffern and Rye Brook markets are year round, and we attend each market once a … Read the rest

Tamarack Hollow Farm

Our CSA is available for pick up at the Union Square Greenmarket on Wednesdays, from June 12 to the end of October- a 20 week share. The CSA is a weekly share of certified organic vegetables, with the option to receive free range pastured meats and free range pastured eggs, all from our heritage breed livestock and poultry. Our meats and eggs are offered as a credit system; members can purchase blocks of credits and exchange them for meat and eggs as needed, at about 10% off of our market price.

We seed, raise, and harvest all of our vegetables by hand at our pristine Vermont farm. We carefully wash and pack our vegetables to make sure you receive the freshest produce imaginable! As often as … Read the rest

Sprout Creek Farm


“Encompassing 200 acres in Dutchess County, NY, Sprout Creek Farm is really three different entities, distinct yet dynamically entertwined. It is a working farm, raising free-ranging cows, sheep, goats, wild turkeys, guinea fowl, chickens, and pigs.

It is a market, selling our internationally award-winning cheeses and farm-produced meats, as well as local Hudson Valley milk, eggs, vegetables, crafts, and gifts. And it is an educational center, offering day, weekend, and summer programs that help connect young people to the land, the seasons, and the plants and animals that co-exist here in harmonious rhythm.”

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Fishkill Farms


“Fishkill Farms is an apple orchard and diversified fruit and vegetable farm in the town of East Fishkill, New York. In addition to 40 acres of apples, we grow peaches, pears, nectarines, black currants, cherries, several acres of berries, and pumpkins, all of which are available in season for pick-your-own. We also have a diverse, organically grown vegetable garden, and pasture-raised chickens and sheep.”

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Quail Hill Farm

‘Quail Hill Farm, one of the original CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms in the U.S., is located in Amagansett, New York, on land donated to the Peconic Land Trust by Deborah Ann Light.

Since it was established in 1990, Quail Hill Farm has grown to 30 acres serving 200 families, as well as provides produce to a local school, nearby restaurants, a farmers market, and food pantries. Each year, Quail Hill Farm signs on to the “Farmer’s Pledge” of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York: ‘to sustain the land in healthy condition for future generations.'”

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Holton Farms


“Holton Farms is owned by cousins Seth Holton and Jurrien Swarts and family friend George Hornig. The Holton family, among the first settlers of Westminster, Vermont, has been farming this quaint village for over 200 years. As eighth generation farmers, we take farming seriously. We use sustainable farming methods, not because it’s in fashion, but because it makes sense and it’s the right thing to do.

Our farm produces a diverse selection of agricultural products including organic and conventional vegetables, herbs and fruits, grass fed beef cows, pigs, lambs, chickens, turkeys, eggs, maple syrup and honey. We also offer high-quality products from a number of neighboring farms and other local artisanal producers.”

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Migliorelli Farm


“Migliorelli Farm is a family-run fruit and vegetable farm located in Northern Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley Region of New York. Originating in the Bronx in 1933 when Angelo Migliorelli first brought the broccoli raab seeds when he immigrated to New York from the Lazio region of Italy.

Migliorelli and his son, Rocco peddled their vegetables by horse and cart up and down the Bronx, sun up to sun down. Eventually Co-Op City was to be built therefore pushing the last of the farmers out of the Bronx. Farming was Rocco’s passion so he brought his family to the Hudson Valley. Now in its 3rd generation, Migliorelli Farm is growing over 130 different varieties of fruits and vegetables, including the same strain of broccoli raab. … Read the rest

Upstate Farms


“Upstate Farms is a grower and distributor of specialty produce based in Tivoli, NY — the heart of the Hudson Valley.
We work only with small family farms to deliver the highest quality vegetables, fruits, cheese, dairy, and meats. When you source from us, you are supporting local farmers, preserving valuable farmland, and promoting regional agriculture. Read more about the products we offer.

Paisley Farm is our 25-acre farm in Tivoli, NY owned and operated by Michael Kokas and Jan Greer. We have been growing organic specialty vegetables for 15 years, and we farm with the help of our two children, Julian and Augusta. We plant with the chef in mind. We love to cook ourselves, and we love to share what we grow. We’ve been … Read the rest

Stokes Farm


“For the past 33 years, Stokes Farm has been providing New Yorkers with home-grown produce at the Union Square Greenmarket. As one of the original 12 farmers in the Greenmarket system, Stokes Farm has acquired quite a following of dedicated customers who come to see us every week.

We have come a long way since our first market in Union Square in 1976- from firewood and cut flowers to geraniums, fresh cut herbs and a large, diverse line of Jersey Fresh produce. Today, in addition to the Union Square Greenmarket, you can also find Stokes Farm at two other Greenmarket locations from April through December.”

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Windfall Farms


“Find us every Wednesday & Saturday
Union Square Greenmarket, NYC
(Union Square West & 16th St)

No Pesticides, No Herbicides,
No Insecticides, No Fungicides,
No Chemical Fertilizers”

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Greig Farm

“The Greig Farm has been open to the public for pick your own fruits and vegetables for more than 60 years. We have always planted varieties that feature the best flavor.

We are aware as our modern lives have become compressed that there is a trend for less and less time for each of us to spend in nature on the farm. Our goal is to make the same high quality fresh fruit available to you as you would expect if you picked it yourself. Nothing compares to the flavor in the field with the heat of the harvest sun on the fruit.”

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High Point Farms

“High Point Farms, LLC is committed to providing our customers with high quality Grass-Fed beef, grass-fed lamb, free range eggs, pasture raised chicken, pasture raised pork as nature intended – and as our ancestors enjoyed!

We do not use any antibiotics or growth hormones with any animals we raise or our cooperative farms raise. All animals are treated humanely and raised outside!”

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