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#16 NanuqoftheNorth

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 05:31 PM

Farming Superbugs
Feedlots are an ideal breeding ground for resistant microorganisms. Bacteria mutate rapidly, and adapt quickly. Exposing bacteria to non-lethal doses of antibiotics gives microorganisms the opportunity to develop genetic resistance, which protects them from even high doses of the drugs. By feeding animals antibiotics we are facilitating the development of resilient new pathogens.
These superbugs can then be passed from livestock to humans. Farmers are particularly susceptible to infection, but even people who never come into contact with a live pig or a chicken are at risk. Antibiotic resistant bacteria are found in the air and soil around farms, and in meat and produce in grocery stores. A recent study from the Netherlands published in the CDC journal Emerging Infectious Diseases found the same strain of drug-resistant E. coli in chickens, chicken meat, and humans, leading the researchers to suggest that resistant bacteria were passed to humans who ate infected poultry. A previous study supported their conclusion.
Antibiotic resistant bacteria can spread to vegetables when feces from infected animals leech into surface and groundwater or are used to fertilize produce. The recent lethal E. coli outbreaks in Europe, which killed over 40 people, were caused by tainted bean sprouts.
Hog farms have also come under scrutiny, thanks to studies showing a high prevalence of a strain of MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) in employees and pigs on hog farms. In the United States, more people die from MRSA each year than from AIDS, although the hog barn variant is one of MRSA’s more benign forms. According to the FDA, 80 percent of antibiotics used in the United States are administered to animals, not humans. In fact, more antibiotics are used on animals in the state of North Carolina than on humans in the entire United States. In 2009, 29.8 million pounds of antibiotics were pumped into livestock across the country. http://www.freshthem...n-animal-farms/

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 05:33 PM

Dr. Martin J. Blaser, chairman of the department of medicine at New York University Langone Medical Center, and a former president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, agrees that agricultural use of antibiotics produces cheaper meat. But he says the price may be an enormous toll in human health.
“You could have very lethal pandemics,” he said. “We’re brewing some perfect storms.” http://www.nytimes.c...istof.html?_r=0

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 05:36 PM

F*ck Dr. Martin J. Blaser.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 06:19 PM

This was from 1998....you think the situation has improved?

http://whqlibdoc.who...C_ZDI_98.10.pdf

Maybe there was a reason World War Z supposedly starts in the 3 gorges dam on the Yangtze river.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 06:22 PM

What about growth hormones?


Meh...not really concerned about that.

Ever notice sometimes you eat wings/chicken legs and there's blood clotting on the bone...but outside the marrow? That's an example of a chicken who's grown at a sped up rate. Compare it to a home grown chicken that's butchered.

I don't know if there's much negative impact...but these sorts of things have been going on for nearly 20 years.

With such a huge sample, imagine the work required to do a clinical study on this and trying to find links in long term illnesses like cancer, heart disease, brain disorders, etc.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 06:31 PM

Meh...not really concerned about that.

Ever notice sometimes you eat wings/chicken legs and there's blood clotting on the bone...but outside the marrow? That's an example of a chicken who's grown at a sped up rate. Compare it to a home grown chicken that's butchered.

I don't know if there's much negative impact...but these sorts of things have been going on for nearly 20 years.

With such a huge sample, imagine the work required to do a clinical study on this and trying to find links in long term illnesses like cancer, heart disease, brain disorders, etc.

Don't you think that is why we have so many fat asses around.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 08:16 PM

Don't you think that is why we have so many fat asses around.


No...that's caloric intake, lots of sugar, and lack of exercise. Systemic issues? Maybe. Need to know more.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 08:46 PM

No...that's caloric intake, lots of sugar, and lack of exercise. Systemic issues? Maybe. Need to know more.


Do you think that eating meat laced with hormones has no effect on us? I understand that we need to know more but is that where you stand at the moment?

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:14 PM

Do you think that eating meat laced with hormones has no effect on us? I understand that we need to know more but is that where you stand at the moment?

The Industrialized Farming Lobby is using the Big Tobacco Playbook, claiming everything is safe, nothing to worry about or we need more time to research or it can't be proven, all the while their lobbyist will continue to stonewall change beneficial to consumers in Washington DC via pseudoscience, bribes and intimidation. They can't possibly win on the facts. Same people that are against better regulation of the industry today, will be the very same ones tomorrow crying about incompetent government oversight when their families are poisoned or killed from these Frankenstein Monsters of the feed lot.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:35 PM

Also now when you see cows in pastures they are lying down. Cows used to always stand. Drug to make them lazy? Hormones to make them fat? Don't you think this stuff gets to consumers?

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 12:23 AM

Watch the documentary, Forks Over Knives. Also watch Vegucated.

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 12:52 AM

Meh...not really concerned about that.

Ever notice sometimes you eat wings/chicken legs and there's blood clotting on the bone...but outside the marrow? That's an example of a chicken who's grown at a sped up rate. Compare it to a home grown chicken that's butchered.

I don't know if there's much negative impact...but these sorts of things have been going on for nearly 20 years.

With such a huge sample, imagine the work required to do a clinical study on this and trying to find links in long term illnesses like cancer, heart disease, brain disorders, etc.


So let's not even bother to try?

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 02:09 AM

Feeding cows corn makes them sick...so keeping them medicated as we eat sick cows is so disgusting. I think it was "food Inc" that explains why the e coli outbreaks happen. The sick cows have unhealthy bacteria in their systems and as they are in tight lines to be processed they defecate on each other and when sliced the hides have feces all over them as they pass through spreading the bacteria through the meat. Your welcome..barf..

I was in Macon Ga and ate at a really cool resturant that had grass fed burgers..and it tasted like a steak. So now i get grass fed red meat from a butcher or Whole Foods here in Columbia. It is all the difference.

If you ever have eaten Bison it tastes exactly like a steak did 15 years ago. I guess bc Bison is not as mass produced as Cows and such it is more of a natural tasting meat.

It is amazing that feeding a cow corn+antibiotics is still cheaper than feeding them grass which their digestive systems natuarally process.

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 10:33 AM

Factory farming will bring upon a global epidemic, killing millions if not billions of people.

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 08:44 PM

Factory farming will bring upon a global epidemic, killing millions if not billions of people.

With a greatly reduced human population, Industrialized Farmers will no longer have to treat their livestock inhumanely by shortening time-to-market cycles with corn, growth hormones and antibiotics. Anyone that happens to survive can finally get back to raising livestock naturally, as Mother Nature intended.


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