We expect a cheap, high protein diet for growing numbers of people. This is
lunacy, and the real costs will begin to show themselves.
@2 bitsDo we REALLY want antibiotic resistant bacteria strains going
around?Its hard to enjoy a nice steak when you have died from
contracting a simple throat infection. Take a look at the mortality
rates from infections and general life expectancy before and after antibiotics
were around, it should hopefully make you realise how important it is not to use
them unless absolutely needed.
Do what I do, just arrange to buy a beef direct from the grower. Whether half,
whole, or quarters, most producers will work with consumers DIRECTLY if
asked.Or you can just contact a meat cutter in any rural area and
they will arrange the whole purchase if you want.
What do you get if you prohibit giving antibiotics to livestock?... More sick
animals.Do you want to eat meat from sick animals?The
primary purpose for giving livestock antibiotics it to prevent infection and
illness, not to enhance growth. If we prohibit giving them antibiotics there
would be more illness, less healthy meat, and more animals that die from
illnesses (which would make meat cost more because more animals would die, and
would lower the quality of the meat in our markets (because some deseased meat
would get through inspections, there's no doubt of that).So...
do we REALLY want a law that prohibits giving antibiotics to livestock?
Thank you, David Erickson, for your comments on the use of of antibiotics in the
production of meats. I have long been a proponent of abolishing this practice in
our country. I will be writing our representatives to urge them to support
PAMTA.higv, I am not sure what you meant by your comment
"organic is hard to grow if you don't want weeds in your food".
Organic grass-fed meat is nutritionally superior to its factory farm produced
counterpart. The philosophy behind organic production of meat calls for
providing conditions that meet the health needs and natural behavior of the
animal. Thus, organic livestock are given access to the outdoors, fresh air,
water, sunshine, grass and pasture, and organic feed. Sounds a lot better than
antibiotic fed, factory farmed meat production to me.
higv, it's not getting antibiotics in my food from the livestock that
I'm worried about. It's getting E. coli, staph, Listeria, or a number
of the other bacteria which commonly cause food-borne illness I'm worried
about. If those bacteria are resistant to everything we can throw at them
because we selected for them by dosing the livestock they were in with
antibiotics, then the next time a restaurant undercooks their hamburger or gets
contaminated spinach, cantaloupe, etc., thousands will die.
There are already strict rules in place about antibiotics. Milk can't be
marketed if it has antibiotics in it. Either can meet. Organic is hard to grow
if you don't want weeds in your food. Be grateful for farmers that keep
you alive with the things they put on the food you eat so you can have it in
abundance. And safe as well.