this is really, really bad! I had no idea things had gotten this far.
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/artic … s-use.aspx
Would you mind elaborating just a bit? ...I don't follow links here..
Its revealing what eight years of bush republicans have done to the food industry.
Don't blame all this on Bush. I was married to a cattleman from 1976 until 1988, and the heavy use of antibiotics was prevalent then, too.
read The Omnivore's Dilemma, you'll see it started long before. hopefully the recently passed FDA Food Safety Modernization bill will help prevent some of the bacteria borne foods from reaching our grocery stores. I believe the bill will be signed into law in early 2011 when Congress is back from holidays.
http://michaelpollan.com/articles-archi … ood-fight/
our factory farms are no longer the farms our parents and grandparents knew. it is well worth the money to buy organic meat or find a local farmer who runs an organic farm.
Michael Pollan has written numerous books addressing these issues, also the documentary Food, Inc, reveals some of what goes on with our food. http://michaelpollan.com/
Tom Philpott wrote the original article, and you can find it here:
http://www.grist.org/article/food-2010- … tory-farms
If you don't follow his blog already, I highly recommend it.
Kerry, nice link, thanks for sharing.
another one to follow is Environmental Working Group.
That's pretty alarming. Maybe hubby and I need to resume hunting. I gave him a new rifle for Christmas...
Something fairly new: traveling butchers. They come to your farm, kill the animal humanely with a single shot to the head, and butcher the meat for you. We need more of these! The animals don't have to go through the trauma of being trucked miles to the slaughterhouse, and they experience a quicker, more painless death.
The best solution-grow your own food.
If you saw your food prepared in a restaurant, you would be outraged as well. People snotting into the food or handling it after picking their nose or going to the bathroom without washing their hands.
Guessing vegetable and fruit processing isn't any prettier if you look at the cleanliness situation. I know someone who worked for a corn sweetner processor and he said people peed in the sweetner going into soda pop. If you go swimming look at the water you are in. How many have peed in the water or had fecal matter dissolve from their cheeks or semen they never washed off disapate into the water that many have swallowed?
It comes from man trying to out do nature. It should be illegal to inject the food we eat with anything at all, but people pump animals full of steroids to get more meat out of them, and in the end people flood the hospitals, I have grown sick over the past few years over what I've learned about the food we consume.
I wish we would stop using all these pesticides, fertilizers, and other toxic junk on food that should naturally taste good and be good for the body. It's a sad world we live in, but many pesticides and everything else done to food are the direct cause of birth defects, food allergies, and many of our diseases.
If there was a greater concern for our health and well being then we wouldn't have so many poisons in the food we eat.
It would be good to keep the criticisms accurtae. Animal are not given steroids. They are given antibitotics to suppress disease and improve the efficiency of their stomachs. This is one fo the two main factors leading to antibiotic resistance, the other being human misuse (over-prescribing, not finishign a course, impropoer disposal). Anyone who doesn't return unusuals anti-biotics to their doctor, or wants antibiotics for every little ear-ache, is also part of the problem.
You could also find out how you local representaive voted on blocking agricultural use of all, or the most important, antibiotics for medicine. This could be made illegal but you need to give you guy the idea that votes are ont he line and you *are* paying attention.
animals are given steroids to speed up growth and weight gain, this is well-known knowledge.
Food Inc. trailer.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rjh5aZKg … embedded#!
With respect, you are wrong and the link you give doesn't refer to steroids at all. Animals grow faster and bigger due to genetics and nutrition. In a few rare cases growth hormone is given, which is not a steroid.
There is a lot to criticise in modern agriculture but by not bothering to be accurate you lose the argument even before you begin.
I've not time to argue this one. there's too much evidence.
the chicken farmer clearly is making a statement about growing chickens faster by injecting steroids which are growth hormones. if you watch the entire documentary, it is discussed.
I could site many sources, but see no need. simply do some google searches.
If livestock wasn't raised under such stressful conditions, the overuse of antibiotics wouldn't be needed. We rarely gave our cattle antibiotics because they were free range. We did know other producers, however, who used the drugs on a regular and alarming basis.
Or you could show a reference. Just one from any peer-reviewed source within the last 10 years.
The only farm animals regularly given anything like a steroid is the dairy cow.
They're used in beef cattle, too:
The FDA doesn't allow steroid hormones to be fed to poultry. Of course, some producers might use them illegally.
Cattle are given sterones - steroids that function as hormones. With cattle, the two main sterones used are androgens and estrogens.
But not with chickens.
if you know this is true, why did you post earlier that animals are not given steroids?
chickens are given growth promoting antibiotics to help speed growth unless you find a local farmer who truly raises open range poultry.
this is a small clip from Food, Inc which is a documentary about where our food comes from.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAxBY9tw … re=related
a few informative articles found easily with a google search.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline … ollan.html [extensive interview with Michael Pollan]
http://www.extension.org/pages/Antibiot … Resistance [Antibiotics and Hormones: Use in Animal Agriculture, Impacts and Resistance
http://www.thepoultrysite.com/articles/ … c-analysis [Growth Promoting Antibiotics in Food Animal Production]
I think the point is we want to be aware of what we're eating and how it was grown and produced.
The eggs and frozen chicken that I eat nowadays seem quite tasteless compared to the freshly laid eggs and live chicken that I ate as a child. My uncle used to raise chicken.
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