Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Pharmaceutical facts you should know!
Did you know that livestock antibiotic use accounts for nearly 80% (if not more) of the antibiotics sold in the U.S.!
That sentence alone should get your undivided attention. Because even if you're not one of the millions of Americans that regularly take some sort of pharmaceutical, if you consume factory farmed (i.e. store bought) meats, eggs, and dairy, you are indirectly consuming the antibiotic cocktail fed to these factory farmed animals.
More importantly though may just be the fact that you are unknowingly contributing to the rise in 'Superbugs' (antibiotic resistant bacteria). Superbugs are a hot topic of late and for good reason. Antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria such as TB, Meningitis, Pneumonia, and Typhoid fever are on the rise, and this can only spell disaster for such an unhealthy nation!
So you may be wondering then why this massive consumption of antibiotics by livestock is often not "front page news worthy" with any of the major mainstream news outlets?
Factory farming and Pharmaceutical companies are big business. BIG business! And with CAFO's (concentrated animal feeding operations) being such an unhealthy hot bed for breeding bacteria, their only option is to try and give the unhealthy animals a preventative pharma-cocktail. It's a win win for both industries. . . but a lose lose for everyone else (people, animals, earth)!
If being healthy is your top priority, and if not contributing to the poisoning of nature in all its many forms is a cause-worthy added bonus, then say no to CAFO's! Say no to GMO's! Say no to Factory Farming and if possible pharmaceuticals! And support your local organic sustainable farmers! Plant you own garden and fight the urge to use pesticides. Raise your own backyard free-range laying hens and experience what a healthy egg should taste like. . . yoke and all!