The Antibiotic Debate

From the Huffington Post comes an article that documents research done around antibiotics used on animals raised for food.

According to the article, “experts estimate that up to 70 percent of the antibiotics sold in the United States are given to healthy food animals on industrial farms to grow the animals faster and compensate for often crowded, unsanitary conditions.”

And, “three decades of scientific research has demonstrated that feeding low doses of antibiotics to food animals over a long period of time promotes the development of dangerous strains of drug-resistant bacteria that can spread to humans.”

While the American Academy of Pediatrics, the World Health Organization, the American Medical Association, the American Nurses Association, the American Public Health Association, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the European Union “independently conclude that routine use of antibiotics in food animal production should be curtailed in order to protect human health,” and even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration echo their conclusions, some agribusinesses are still resisting.

It all gets back to big business. As long as we let them control our food system, we will eat what they want us to eat.

Are you going to let them be in charge of your health?

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