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September 21, 2010

Antibiotics in our food put us at risk for infections

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This article from the NYTimes has to do with the factory farming of animals and although this blog is about gardening, I think it is important enough to include in a post. Just like factory farming of plants uses chemicals and pesticides and heribcides, basically poisoning the environment, so factory farming of animals over uses antibiotics.

These medicines are used to keep the newly weaned piglets from getting sick. This is a danger because they are held in crowded pens and have to stand in their own excrement until the pens are washed out and then the waste goes into local watersheds. People who live near the factory pig farms complain about the smells and the contamination of ground water.

The pigs are then given antibiotics to make them grow faster. The FCC is getting ready to limit the use of antibiotics in factory farming. One look at those pig pens and I can say I wouldn't want to eat any of that pork. The arguement for its use is that you can produce meat faster and cheaper this way. But faster and cheaper may not be healthier. Immune resistant antibiotics are created this way and pose a risk to humans, besides getting a dose of antibiotics with your meal.

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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at September 21, 2010 8:50 AM
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