When Food Kills

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gardenbug's picture
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When Food Kills

Big Ag lobby blocks public health safety steps.

Suzi's concerns about allergic reactions to meds made me think of sharing this with you.

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

boilermaker's picture
Joined: 08/21/02
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Yep. This is why we spend the extra money to buy the antibiotic free/ free range meats. But the bummer is, that even if you ingest the "healthy" meat, you are still at risk for the superbugs.

Trey's cousin's wife is literally on her death bed bc of MRSA. She is a 28 yo mother of two. They sectioned her baby out of her in May bc she was in an induced coma to help combat the MRSA around her heart and they took baby Anthony 7 weeks early to keep him clear of the infection. She is alive now, but barely. And has never held her baby.... She will likely never come home bc the MRSA is infecting all of her organs. So sad and, I think, bc of the antiobiotics super mass farming uses all.of.the.time. Sick.

kirsteng's picture
Joined: 10/19/02
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Don't even get me started on this stuff! I could go on and on... what I do know is this:

* The number one reason that antibiotics are given to animals in large doses is to keep animals 'healthy' in inhumane conditions (crowded and dirty).

*The reason their conditions are so poor is largely because we as consumers demand CHEAP MEAT! We are so price sensitive that WE create the conditions in which animals needlessly suffer.

* Yes, many people are on a budget. But the way around that is not to buy meat from animals that have been poorly kept, it's to eat less meat from animals that have been well cared for. We don't need anywhere near the amount of meat we all eat. Beans are full of protein and cheap. Eggs too (but buy them organic and free range!). Wink

* Don't just nod your head... the next time you go to the grocery store, buy meat that is free range and hormone free, or better yet buy it from a local producer that is committed to humane meat production. We as consumers can end this policy by putting our money where our mouth is!

My grandmother also died after contracting MRSA in a nursing home at the age of 98.

Audra, how absolutely awful... ((hugs)).

boilermaker's picture
Joined: 08/21/02
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Here, here. We honestly only eat meat a couple times/week bc that is how often we can afford to buy it from local/organic/free range producers. We do go thru tons of organic quinoa, brown rice, and eggs :).

I just bought 1/4 of a cow from a local rancher-- at $2.75/lb. And I can see his ranch and the amount of property this sweet cow has had to graze upon.....and no antibiotics. So it doesn't *have* to be more expensive, you just have to care where it comes from.

RebeccaA'07's picture
Joined: 11/19/07
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We eat meat almost nightly, it's what we like and enjoy. We've also been looking for an organic farmer locally and have found one not too far away that we're looking into. I am trying to find a family member to split a cow with! We already buy organic milk, organic/free range eggs, and no- horomone/antibiotic chicken. The only thing we are missing is red meat, which we honestly don't eat a ton of. We're mainly a chicken family!

Audra - that story is awful, poor lady. I can't even imagine. Stories like that should scare people into feeding their families more oganic/non-horomone/non-antibiotic meat. It certainly puts a fire under my rear.

fudd8963's picture
Joined: 12/27/07
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OMG Audra. That is just AWEFUL. I can't even imagine.

We are looking at purchasing a half a cow from a guy down the road. We drive by the farm every day and the animals are always CLEAN, have TONS of space, and look happy! I love the spring and all of the new babies! He is also an organic farmer. We also split pigs from another guy down the road (yeah, we live in the country). All of this stuff is just scary, because most people just don't have any idea. And then all of the kids going thru puberty so much earlier... just scary.