Saturday, July 9, 2011
Here's an email that I received and wanted to share it with all of you!
E. coli and other bacterial infections were not always so prevalent and deadly. That's the result, to a large extent, of the rampant use of antibiotics on industrial farms, which breeds drug-resistant bacteria. North Carolina alone gives more antibiotics to animals than the entire U.S. uses for humans. That’s insanity.
We can stop producing food that sickens us. Sign now to support the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act.
Why do we pump healthy animals full of antibiotics? To make them grow faster and to prevent illness. That means factory farms can have crowded, unhygienic conditions for livestock while increasing their profits.
This comes at our expense, of course. Since 1976, studies have repeatedly shown that giving healthy animals antibiotics in their feed results in drug-resistant bacteria. The bacteria doesn’t stay there though. It travels from gut to fork in dozens of ways: in the bodies of farm workers, the meat at your grocery store, on vegetables sprayed by manure, even in the air downwind of factory farms.
Is it any surprise that infectious disease is on the rise?
The Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act will stop factory farms from recklessly wasting antibiotics and endangering our lives. Ask Congress to support this bill now.
Want to learn more? Check out our blog post, Cultivating Infection: The dangers of antibiotic overuse on animal farms
We deserve food that nourishes, not food that sickens.
Ana and Crystal
The FRESH Team