I have a question: Where's the grassroots movement demanding labeling of antibiotic use in animals? Where are the petitions? Where are the Facebook memes? Where is the outrage that we don't know what we're putting in our bodies?
The FDA's report on antibiotics used in food animals asks pharmaceutical companies to voluntarily to reduce the sales of their antibiotic products sold for use in animal feed. If the success of FDA's approach strikes you as unlikely, you're not alone.
Cleanliness may be next to godliness, but it might also do us in. A growing body of data suggests that a wide range of ills, from allergies and asthma to metabolic disease and superbugs, may be the consequence of our war on germs.
The investigation, which aired on ABC's Good Morning America, highlights how the overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture may have made it more difficult to treat these painful, long lasting, and recurring infections.
By showing up at the Paul R. Knapp "Animal Learning Center," President Obama and his staff show that they are out of touch with the needs of rural Iowans and likely to continue to plow down their unsustainable path of supporting the industrial agribusiness lobby.
Long gone are the iconic scenes of American landscapes dotted with family farms and red barns. Most of these have been replaced by industrialized facilities controlled by large corporations that rely on concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).
During the height of the cold weather months, people count on antibiotics to fight bacterial infections. What they may not know is that current overuse of antibiotics is making bacteria more rapidly resistant to "essential antibiotics."
Today, American farmers raising animals without antibiotics do so despite policies that point them in the opposite direction. With this handicap, who will win out in the race to feed the global consumer who increasingly wants their meat antibiotic free?
My concern is that this outbreak is yet another stark warning that we are on the verge of a world where antibiotics will no longer work, and where common bacterial diseases will once again kill unabated.
Most of the rest of the world recognizes that adding a known poison to something you are going to eat is not a great idea. For example arsenic is prohibited from being added to any animal feed in Europe.
Why should parents take more chances of their children getting sick because we are squandering their best medicines to fatten animals faster? Is this really what Montanans elected their sole congressman to do?
If you want to help keep antibiotics working for your kids or your parents or for anyone you know who gets sick, make sure your next ham sandwich is made with meat from a farm that does not feed antibiotics to healthy animals.
Force-feeding prescription drugs to healthy people, just to make them grow faster, would be considered ludicrous by any doctor. Possibly even criminal. But the FDA allows factory farms to essentially to just that.