Thursday, June 21, 2012

Help Fight Superbugs

Here’s a short but awesome video that highlights the fact that an astounding 80 percent of antibiotics sold in the U.S. are used not by humans, but by the meat and poultry industries.

Yes, you read that right— 80 percent. That’s – 8 – 0. You see, in factory farming, animals are fed antibiotics daily so that they can grow faster and survive over-crowded and unsanitary conditions.

I’ve written before about how this abuse of antibiotics is creating a new breed of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that people are exposed to when we handle or eat undercooked meat. These new superbugs are rendering our once effective (and potentially life-saving) drugs ineffective when we need them most. Unfortunately, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has refused to take action to restrict the use of excessive antibiotics in livestock production.

This video, directed and produced by Food Inc. director Robert Kenner, kicks off a collaborative effort between Consumers Union and Fix Food called Meat Without Drugs, which calls on supermarkets to only sell meat and poultry raised without antibiotics. As consumers, we can support this cause by…you guessed it…voting with our dollars and supporting companies and grocery stores that offer meat raised without antibiotics.

Of course, antibiotics are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to truly healthy meats. Meats raised organically, free of hormones and raised exclusively on green pastures—never fed any grains— are ideal.