Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Wellness Wednesday

According to Mother Jones, the FDA just gave another reason for those who eat commercially-raised meat to look to local farms - antibiotics. Non-therapeutic use of antibiotics in commercial meat operations is widespread. Big Ag discovered a side effect of antibiotics - it makes animals grow faster and larger - and therefore began pumping them into animals raised for food. While the FDA has pushed for the elimination of non-therapeutic doses of antibiotics in animals, they have allowed industrial operations to continue using them to "prevent" disease, which really has no definition and allows cattle, pig, and chicken operations to continue as they always have.

The article points out that most of the antibiotics used for animals are extremely important for the treatment of human infections. Since over 70% of the antibiotics used in the US go to animals, we're paving the way for more antibiotic-resistant pathogens. 

Here' a snapshot of how humans are affected:

About 23,000 Americans die each year from antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Yet the FDA makes the requirement to eliminate the indiscriminate use of antibiotics in animal agriculture "voluntary." Avoid some of the dangers by purchasing local meat from reputable farmers that use chemical-free practices and only use antibiotics as for their intended purpose - on sick animals. (And if a farmer starts having large numbers of sick animals, that farmer needs to re-think his or her agricultural practices.)


David said...

Cherie, Iowa just had a big bird flu outbreak in a commercial chicken farms. USA Today reported that 17 different locations have been infected with a suspected 15 million birds to be destroyed. Two turkey farms and some egg laying facilities have been infected with the virus as well. Of course officials say there's no danger of humans getting the virus and no known case of human infection has been documented. Hmmmm, didn't they say that about the swine flu some years ago? Yup, you're convincing me not to eat commercial meat. It just ruins my day to think about what's in commercially grown food in general.

Have a great vegetarian day.

ain't for city gals said...

Hi Cherie, I came over from your husband's blog and have enjoyed reading through your past posts and look forward to reading the future ones. If you haven't read The Meat Racket you might put it on your list. The only meat we buy from the store is organic chicken and sometimes I wonder about that.

Cherie said...

David, crowding a lot of animals into a small, confined area is unnatural and definitely a health danger. Glad you're aware of how awful commercial food has become.

Cherie said...

Sheryl, thanks for stopping by! I've heard about that book and do need to read it. So many books, so little time. :)