As If We Needed Another Reason
I received this article link from an Urban Branches reader and wanted to share it.
The article does a great job of explaining how detrimental it is to pump our animals full of antibiotics, those drugs end up in our vegetable and fruit crops and end up lowering our resistance. This happens because 90% of the drugs administered end up in animal manure which is used to fertilize land. Not to mention the excess waste runoff and what that is doing to the water systems (marine life, drinkable water) and the animals themselves! Those antibiotics are NOT necessary, trust me. They are used because the animals are kept in unnatural conditions (such as cramming hundreds into unventilated barns/rooms, feeding them corn and other grains (and animal parts) they would never eat naturally. Because of this they end up missing key nutrients that would enrich their body and help them fight off illness). This cannot be stressed enough, JUST SAY NO, to drugs that is, for animals. NOW.
Here's a great quote from the article to wet your appetite:
"Today, close to 70 percent of the total antibiotics and related drugs produced in the United States are fed to cattle, pigs and poultry, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. Although this practice sustains a growing demand for meat, it also generates public health fears associated with the expanding presence of antibiotics in the food chain."
*Thanks again for sending the article!