The New York Times has an editorial today about the overuse of antibiotics in pigs. I’m moving in the direction of sticking to non-mammal forms of animal protein, but since I know I need animal protein for my well-being at this point in my existence, as much as I hate to be part of the inhumane meat industry, I do, for that reason, try to stay apprised of what’s going on and pick only meat that is raised humanely without hormones or antibiotics.
Yet we continue to allow agribusiness companies to add antibiotics to animal feed so that piglets stay healthy and don’t get ear infections. Seventy percent of all antibiotics in the United States go to healthy livestock, according to a careful study by the Union of Concerned Scientists — and that’s one reason we’re seeing the rise of pathogens that defy antibiotics….
…The peer-reviewed Medical Clinics of North America concluded last year that antibiotics in livestock feed were “a major component” in the rise in antibiotic resistance. The article said that more antibiotics were fed to animals in North Carolina alone than were administered to the nation’s entire human population.
“We don’t give antibiotics to healthy humans,” said Robert Martin, who led a Pew Commission on industrial farming that examined antibiotic use. “So why give them to healthy animals just so we can keep them in crowded and unsanitary conditions?”
The answer is simple: politics. (rest of article here)
Ah, no, I think it’s greed and inhumane treatment of animals for that end. But whatever, the article has good arguments that go way beyond the normal stuff people talk about and might reach a few more mainstream people who in general think all of us who are concerned about this stuff are over reacting.