When you think about…aren’t miracle drugs supposed to perform miracles?

When you think about…aren’t miracle drugs supposed to perform miracles?

According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, 80 percent of antibiotics used in the United States are administered to farmed animals to promote their growth and to reduce the risk of their contracting illnesses in the crowded living conditions of the factory farm.

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Weren’t antibiotics meant to save lives? Aren’t they supposed to attack nasty germs like salmonella, MRSA, e.coli, and other others? So, what are they doing being fed to supposedly healthy animals (after all these animals are going to be slaughtered for our consumption so one would hope they are healthy)? With such widespread use of antibiotics on the factory farm, it was bound to happen—this overuse of antibiotics created bacteria resistant to the very antibiotics were meant to destroy them.

A Center for Science in the Public Interest survey of foodborne illnesses indicates that contaminated foods were most often found in dairy products followed by ground beef, poultry, pork, seafood, and eggs.

While even vegetables have been linked with foodborne illnesses, they are less likely to be as contaminated as meat, fish, and fowl products coming from factory farms. Therefore, a vegan or vegetarian diet reduces our risk of contact with these bacteria and therefore our need for antibiotics to combat their attack on our bodies.

There is currently a bill before Congress, the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act—HR 965/S 1211). This bill will protect human health by limiting the use of antibiotics in livestock.

When you think about it…factory farming is contributing to an increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria which puts us at risk and definitely puts the animals at risk who are raised for the dinner table.

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