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the meat industry now consumes 4/5ths of all antibiotics

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Last year, the Food and Drug Administration proposed a set of voluntary "guidelines" designed to nudge the meat industry to curb its antibiotics habit. Ever since, the agency has been mulling whether and how to implement the new program. Meanwhile, the meat industry has been merrily gorging away on antibiotics—and churning out meat rife with antibiotic-resistant pathogens—if the latest data from the FDA itself is any indication.

http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2013/02/meat-industry-still-gorging-antibiotics


oh yea, this is good.

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Being handcuffed to the NC Pork industry I can assure you any number they give is a low one.

Factory farms are amazing and horrible at the same time.

Amazing at the production of food to feed a planet, horrible in the accelerated growth and over druggededness of the animals.

Antibiotics are like candy.


[quote][color=#000000][font=Verdana, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, 'Bitstream Vera Sans', sans-serif][size=3]Resistance to tetracycline [an antibiotic] is up among Campylobacter on retail chicken. About 95% of chicken products were contaminated with Campylobacter, and nearly half of those bacteria were resistant to tetracyclines. This reflects an increase over last year and 2002.[/size][/font][/color][/quote]

This stuff is run through water lines in NC pig farms. I'd guess the yearly use of it is in the 100's or 1000's of tons. If a pig coughs in a house you put the whole group on tetracycline.

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aaannnnnd that's another reason why I always buy organic from the sto. Shame I can't chose organic chx at bojangles :(

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I wouldn't trust "organic" meat from the sto either.

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[quote name='Kurb' timestamp='1360350484' post='2129250']
I wouldn't trust "organic" meat from the sto either.
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why not?

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[quote name='mmmbeans' timestamp='1360350738' post='2129256']

why not?
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B/C I don't trust much of anything.

From my limited understanding of it even some things labeled "organic" have some issues with antibiotics and what not.

But I am under educated on the subject of organic foods.

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B/C I don't trust much of anything.

From my limited understanding of it even some things labeled "organic" have some issues with antibiotics and what not.

But I am under educated on the subject of organic foods.
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ok, i wasn't sure if you'd heard of anything specific... I've never read of any organic meat having antibiotics in it... though i'm sure some does slip through the cracks from less reputable providers.

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[quote name='mmmbeans' timestamp='1360351181' post='2129264']

ok, i wasn't sure if you'd heard of anything specific... I've never read of any organic meat having antibiotics in it... though i'm sure some does slip through the cracks from less reputable providers.
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Honestly I am tons more concerned over growth hormones and replacement hormones than I am antibiotics.

I KNOW what antibiotics will do. Do we, even now, really understand what happens to us b.c of growth hormones in meat and milk ?

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[quote name='Kurb' timestamp='1360351335' post='2129265']
Honestly I am tons more concerned over growth hormones and replacement hormones than I am antibiotics.

I KNOW what antibiotics will do. Do we, even now, really understand what happens to us b.c of growth hormones in meat and milk ?
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which is why i buy organic milk for my daughter... but we do know what over-use of antibiotics does... and it's really, really f*cking bad.

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From what I've read, if you are going to buy only one organic product, buy milk.

That and apples.

FWIW, I was taking a bite into an Arby's roast beef sandwhich with cheese sauce when I opened this thread. Kind of made me want to throw up.

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don't worry... it's not actually roast beef.

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in Eurpoe it's a huge problem

great movie in which this featured, Bullhead http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1821593/?ref_=sr_1

its on Netflix

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