Posts tagged antibiotics.
Arguments against factory farming…
ANTIBIOTICS USED IN MEAT COUNTERACT FACTORY FARM CROWDING, INCREASE PROFITS and GET PEOPLE SICK
Fatter cows, sicker people
Eighty percent of the antibiotics used in this country are given to chicken, pigs, turkey and cattle, not because the animals are sick but to fatten them and prevent illness from sweeping through crowded pens. Evidence has been building for decades that the overuse of antibiotics in livestock has helped lead to the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which then present a threat to human health.
-Los Angeles Times
It’s not just antibiotic use that affects the spread of resistant bacteria and their associated diseases. It’s also the roads:
“Our results show it’s not just the individual’s antibiotic use that affects antibiotic resistance. Other important factors that affect the spread of antibiotic resistance are the rates at which people introduce new strains due to movement in and out of the region, as well as poor water quality and sanitation that allow for the transmission of antibiotic resistant strains.
We focus so much on the individual, and if they do or don’t take antibiotics, but we’re learning more and more that there’s a broader environmental and social context in which antibiotic resistance happens.
(via Univ. of Michigan, image by Fathom “All Streets”, a map of the U.S. drawn via its roads)
Why livestock antibiotics are making your family sick
Using antibiotics on farm animals creates super-bacteria that are resistant to drugs, making it more difficult for you and your family to recover from that cold.
Why are antibiotics used on farm animals?
Since the 1950s, it has become routine practice in many countries to add low levels of antibiotics to the feed or water of healthy poultry, cattle, and swine to promote faster growth and prevent infections that tend to occur when animals are housed in crowded, unsanitary conditions.
Why is the use of antibiotics on farms a problem?
The unnecessary use of antibiotics on farms is a key culprit in the rise of drug-resistant bacteria that pose a growing public health risk. By overusing antibiotics on farms and feeding them to healthy animals we’re making the drugs doctors rely on to treat illnesses like pneumonia, strep throat, and childhood ear infections less effective. Furthermore, we have few new antibiotics to replace those that are no longer effective. 80 percent of antibiotics used in the United States are used not in humans but in animals. Worse still, an estimated 83 percent of the antibiotics given to livestock in the United States are administered to entire herds or flocks without regard to whether the animals are sick.
Antibiotic resistance has finally made its way onto the Senate radar again and with good reason considering that we’ve seen antibiotic resistance across British farms and this year in US hospitals and nursing homes to name just a few. It’s a problem that’s only getting worse with the expanded overuse of antibiotics. It’s this practice that a Senate bill is looking to limit with the re-introduction of The Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA).
According to Diane Feinstein (D-CA), the primary sponsor for PAMTA, reported on Civil Eats. “[t]he effectiveness of antibiotics for humans is jeopardized when they are used to fatten healthy pigs or speed the growth of chickens. This is a basic food safety initiative that would phase out the misuse of these drugs so that food in supermarkets across America will not spread strains of drug-resistant bacteria.”
According to the FDA, 80 percent of the antibiotics produced in this country are used in animal agriculture. This amount is estimated to be more than four times the amount of drugs used to treat human illness.
The bill, which Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Barbara Boxer (D-CA), all have worked together on was outlined by Civil Eats and does the following:
- Phases out the non-therapeutic use of medically important antibiotics in livestock;
- Requires new applications for animal antibiotics to demonstrate the use of the antibiotic will not endanger public health;
- Does not restrict the use of antibiotics to treat sick livestock or to treat pets.
There’s something wrong with a food system requiring 80% of the country’s antibiotics. This food isn’t healthy, and it’s making — and keeping — us sick.
90K Americans die from bacterial infections that developed resistance to antibiotics. That number exceeds deaths from AIDS, car accidents & prostate cancer combined.
That explains why meat eaters get sick far less often than vegans… wait, that’s not right, is it?
FOOD CHEMICALS: LABELING MILK THAT CONTAINS HORMONES—NEW COURT RULING
Ban on Milk Labeling Ruled Unconstitutional
After more than two years of litigation, a federal court last week struck down an Ohio ban on labeling dairy products as “rbGH free,” “rbST free,” or “artificial hormone free” if produced by cows not treated with bovine growth hormone…
Perhaps more notable, the court also ruled that rbST-treated milk is compositionally different, disagreeing with both the lower court’s ruling and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s finding that there is no significant difference between milk produced by cows treated with rbST and by those without.
Again, just don’t consume dairy and you’re be fine. Go vegan!