“…antibiotic resistant have to evolve through several
iterations”If there was ever a case for good (effective)
government, this is it. The free market simply will not address an issue like
this (without total transparency and a perfectly knowledgeable public) as
maximizing profits will always incentivize producers to make these sorts of
short sighted and collectively harmful decisions, especially when all their
competitors are doing the same – i.e., the ethical farmer who knows better
may not do it out of principle but he’ll soon be out of business.We need government to set the proper rules of the road so the free market
benefits our entire society and not just the profit maximizers.This
is also a case study for why many do not feel comfortable voting Republican.
First, their belief that the free market is always right, no matter how perverse
to results, makes them poorly positioned to approach issues like this with the
necessary logic, reason & pragmatism. Second, the quote above
– which contains the word “evolve” - would simply cause them
paralyzing cognitive dissonance. Relax - the 2nd point is a
joke… sort of.
It's about time. It's a scary to think about a future without
effective antibiotics. Regulations have a place, and this is one situation where
I think they are completely and fully justified.
I'm not surprised with the problems associated with dairy milk. Google MILK
PROCESSING and read how the milk you buy in the store is processed. After
reading some of the articles. I was so distressed that I try to avoid drinking
cows milk whenever possible. I now have three back yard milk goats(Bella,
Stella [had two kids yesterday--Mahler and Mendelssohn] and Carmella). We have
more milk than we can drink. It is clean, rich, good tasting, and free from the
extra growth hormones and antibiotics found in cow's milk. We make great
yogurt and cheese from it. I have it tested regularly and it's cleaner than
the store bought, pasteurized cow's milk tested at the same lab. People who
can't drink cow's milk for whatever reason, have no problem with the
goat's milk from my backyard operation (I give it away). The goats are
friendly, fun, they don't take up a lot of space, the kids in the
neighborhood love them, and when they step on your foot, you aren't lame
for a week!
"...It is possible, however, that the new regulations don’t go far
enough...".An editorial from a conservative newspaper suggesting
regulations don't go far enough?
The grossly overweight people are usually faulted for eating too much. Which is
definitely a valid reason. But is it just possible that the growth additives
given to cattle also work for humans. And is it also possible that the food
processing industry puts food additives in their product to help people overeat.
If 10ppm of H2O2 hydrogen peroxide is put into the water this will help promote
animal growth and keep them from getting sick.
"... but it’s also important to note the incentives for farmers aiming
them toward greater compliance. To do otherwise would be to risk the wrath of
the public at large and to spur even more regulatory oversight." Right,
this is the way it works. Industry pollutes right up to the point that the
public organizes against the pollution. We all wish this weren't so, but
the corporation doesn't care who it hurts. It only cares about maximizing
profits. This part of the Marxian model and it is dead on (we treat machines
like they are people and people like they are machines).
Please do not confuse a virus and bacteria. Antibiotics do not fight a virus,
and a virus cannot become resistant to an antibiotic. Antibiotics are for
treating bacterial infections. However, the causes of antibiotic-resistant
bacteria is still up for debate in the scientific community, but it there is
wide-spread belief that constant use can yield more antibiotic resistant