Big Ag lobby blocks public health safety steps.
By Nicholas Kristof: Every year in the US 325,000 people are hospitalized because of food-borne illnesses and 5,000 die (almost twice 9/11). Antibiotics are recklessly stuffed into healthy animals to make them grow faster. This cavalier use of low-level antibiotics creates a perfect breeding ground for antibiotic-resistant pathogens.
We would never think of trying to keep our children healthy by adding antibiotics to school water fountains, because we know this would breed antibiotic-resistant bacteria. It’s unconscionable that Big Ag does something similar for livestock. Vegetarians may think that they’re immune; they’re not. One of the most common antibiotic-resistant pathogens is MRSA, which now kills more Americans annually than AIDS..." http://nytimes.com/2011/06/12/opinion/12kristof.html