Troublesome antibiotics

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    April 5, 2012 11:02 a.m.

    @Mountain Man
    Please 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.

  • higv Dietrich, ID
    April 3, 2012 7:37 p.m.

    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.

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    April 3, 2012 1:29 p.m.

    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.

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    April 3, 2012 1:18 p.m.

    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.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    April 3, 2012 12:37 p.m.


    Have 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 antibiotics?

  • PeanutGallery Salt Lake City, UT
    April 3, 2012 12:12 p.m.

    Yep, that's definitely what we need -- more government regulation (/sarcasm off) !

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    April 3, 2012 8:46 a.m.

    @ 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.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    April 3, 2012 8:17 a.m.

    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.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    April 3, 2012 7:59 a.m.

    "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. What's next?

  • higv Dietrich, ID
    April 3, 2012 7:28 a.m.

    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.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 3, 2012 5:53 a.m.

    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?