Published: Tuesday, April 3 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT
Could it be that the things given to live stock for growth be a major cause in
the obesity of Americans?Could it be the farmers and ranchers are
more interested in their bottom line profits that the welfare of people?
Milk can't be marketed if it has antiotics in it. That Milk usually goes
to calves unntil the cows are healed from it. Cows can't go to slaughter
within so many days of antiobiotics. Farmers do what they can to make sure the
food is safe before it gets to slaughter. Those that criticize farmers either
become one or starve.
"Could it be the farmers and ranchers are more interested in their bottom
line profits that the welfare of people?" Of course. Markets always put
profits ahead of human welfare. That's true of food, health care, what
have you. The market, i.e. capitalist, system is running out of time.
Anti-biotics are being jammed down our throats by doctors and Big Pharm. Doctors
make money prescribing these things and Big Pharm makes a ton of money producing
them. What s sham our health care system has become.
@ Maverik. When was the last time a doctor or a pharmaceutical company forced
you to take an antibiotic? Next time you get an infection, just say no or call
PETA for help! As far as those of you worrying about antibiotics being in your
milk or meat, your fears are irrational. #1 If there are over the limit residues
of biotic residues in milk or meat, by federal law, it cannot be sold. #2: All
products on the market for animal health are tested thoroughly buy the FDA to
eliminate any that might pose health risks to humans! #3: Animal health products
increase food production which decreases prices and greatly reduces hunger,
famine and human suffering by making food less expensive. Big fears, tiny risks
here! You can eat “organic” if you are worried, but again, your
chances of contracting E coli or Salmonella food poisoning increases
dramatically with organically produced food compared to conventionally grown
food. I have had E coli food poisoning and it can kill you or damage your
kidneys permanently. Much, much more serious risk than worrying about some
phantom residue of an antibiotic in your food.
Yep, that's definitely what we need -- more government regulation (/sarcasm
@MountanmanHave antibiotics made farmers lazy, though, in regards to
the sanitation of their facilities? If they no longer have to worry about
unsanitary conditions harming their livestock, why bother taking the time to
practice proper sanitation and cleanliness? Perhaps if farmers kept their
livestock areas cleaner and more sanitary there would be less need for so many
Mountanman: "Much, much more serious risk than worrying about some phantom
residue of an antibiotic in your food."You misread the issue.
The concern is not so much about antibiotic residue in food for human
consumption as it is the evolution of antibiotic-resistant pathogens as a result
of indiscriminate use of antibiotics. Good that you survived your bout with E.
coli infection, but imagine if your particular strain was resistant to every
single drug in the pharmacy? Widespread use of antibiotic drugs for
non-medically indicated uses, such as stimulating growth, only increases the
odds of more resistant bacteria. MRSA is already a serious public health
problem. I can't wait for other bacteria to become resistant, too.
I assume the antibiotics are relatively safe for human consumption. But that is
not my chief concern. It is the growing of super bacteria which we have seen
time and time again in human disease.Using antibiotics when not
necessary simply helps create the next resistant generation of bacteria.Farmers should not be dispensing antibiotics unless the animal is sick.
Marxist how come you never have trouble getting food in any store of your choice
in America? Russia was starving when they didn't have free enterprise. It
is because of capitalism and markets that cause doctors to treat people the
best, And causes farmers only to grow the best food. It is them that feed you.
Be grateful for the long hours they put in so you can have food on your table.
@Mountain ManPlease provide proof of studies to back up your erroneous
claim about organic food being more likely to cause E. coli infections. Oh, and
make sure it is not just one study funded by the beef raisers association or
some other similarly biased source. Several studies to demonstrate a
preponderance of data would also be appreciated.
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