Suzanna. In love with a schnauzer named Mimzy. Instagram
firepaw:

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
.

chemicalfreelife

firepaw:

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

.

chemicalfreelife

(via firepaw-deactivated20120511)

jtotheizzoe:

Roads pave the way for the spread of superbugs
 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)

jtotheizzoe:

Roads pave the way for the spread of superbugs

 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)

#science   #disease   #infrastructure   #research   #germs   #antibiotics   #bacteria   #travel  
chos:

mothernaturenetwork:

Why livestock antibiotics are making your family sickUsing 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.

chos:

mothernaturenetwork:

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.

(via caraobrien)

#animals   #livestock   #antibiotics   #disease   #food   #agriculture  

canisfamiliaris:

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.

#antibiotics   #factory farms   #us   #law   #legal   #animals   #livestock   #health  

pandacake:

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.

#factory farms   #animals   #antibiotics   #usa   #illness   #disease   #bacteria   #infection  

That explains why meat eaters get sick far less often than vegans… wait, that’s not right, is it?

(Source: veganlove)

chemicalfreeskinny:

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. 
…
(CLICK PHOTO)
.

Again, just don’t consume dairy and you’re be fine. Go vegan!

chemicalfreeskinny:

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.

(CLICK PHOTO)

.

Again, just don’t consume dairy and you’re be fine. Go vegan!

#cows   #milk   #hormones   #antibiotics   #poison   #go vegan!  
phoenixearth:

A New Superbacteria, Immune To Most Antibiotics, Found Spreading Fast
“…FYI, a new mutation that makes bacteria resistant to pretty much every antibiotic known to man has become increasingly prevalent on the Indian subcontinent and has made the leap to both the UK and the United States, according to a new report in the Lancet. Because there’s nothing modern medical science can do to stop it, the NDM-1 “superbug” may spread globally…”

phoenixearth:

A New Superbacteria, Immune To Most Antibiotics, Found Spreading Fast

“…FYI, a new mutation that makes bacteria resistant to pretty much every antibiotic known to man has become increasingly prevalent on the Indian subcontinent and has made the leap to both the UK and the United States, according to a new report in the Lancet. Because there’s nothing modern medical science can do to stop it, the NDM-1 “superbug” may spread globally…”

#superbug   #bacteria   #news   #science   #immunology   #antibiotics   #evolution  
One of the techniques modern factory farms routinely use to increase weight in livestock is to give all of the animals a dose of antibiotics with every meal. When this is done, the bacteria in the animals’ guts that are susceptible to the drugs are killed. When this practice is ongoing, it creates a microbial vacuum in the animals’ intestines that gives an extraordinary competitive advantage to any bacteria that develop resistance to the antibiotics. If your goal was to breed bacteria that could not be controlled by antibiotics, you could hardly design a more effective system. It is not entirely an exaggeration to say that as a result, factory farms have become biological weapons factories. Antibiotics have saved millions of lives, and their discovery ranks with the great medical achievements of history. But even Sir Alexander Fleming, the man who first discovered penicillin, warned that overuse of the drug would lead to bacterial resistance. And indeed, the drugs have been heavily overused, with increasingly alarming consequences. This year, between 70,000 and 100,000 Americans will die from infections that could once have been cured with common antibiotics.