The Dangers of Antibiotics in our Meat Supply

Antibiotics are commonly given to livestock to prevent illness and to promote weight gain.  How does this impact you as a consumer and your health? One of the three stressors that can create problems in the nervous system is chemical toxins. This article discusses antibiotics in our food supply and potential consequences.  

The overuse of antibiotics to raise livestock is creating more superbugs, which are resistant to antibiotic drugs such as penicillin. 

Modern meat production routinely relies on giving pigs, cows, poultry and other livestock antibiotics – even when they are not sick – to try to keep them healthy and gain weight faster in the crowded and dirty pens in which they are raised.

But, at times, antibiotic drugs are vital to protect people from serious and fatal diseases.   That’s why the rise in superbugs – created in part from the meat production process – is so concerning to groups like the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control.  

These organizations and others are calling for producers and even grocery stores to disclose antibiotic use policies used in the production of meat and poultry. 

According to public interest groups, 80 percent of medically important antibiotics sold in the U.S. are used to treat farm animals raised for food.  In 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued voluntary guidelines for the food industry to phase out some antibiotics used to fatten up livestock.

The Dangers of Antibiotics in our Meat Supply

Extensive research shows that antibiotic dosing of healthy animals in unnecessary.  The overuse of antibiotics is promoting the evolution of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can cause untreatable infections.   Among the alarming findings of antibiotic impacting our meat supply is the increase of:

1.        E. coli bacterial can go rogue and cause serious diseases from life-threatening urinary tract infections to respiratory illness and pneumonia. 

2.       Salmonella, a food-borne illness.

3.       Enterococci, a leading cause of bacterial infections that patients pick up in hospitals. 

FDA testing showed that 90% of these bacteria samples found on the meat supply are resistant to antibiotics. 

Protect your health and minimize chemical toxins in your food. Pasture raised meats tend to be the healthiest options. Vote with your dollars and purchase organic and antibiotic free food.

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