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Antibiotic Disaster

Did you know that in American farms farmers are feeding antibiotics to healthy animals? Antibiotics that are also used to treat human diseases.

You must be asking yourself, 'why would farmers feed medicines to healthy animals?'
The answer is to promote bigger animals and produce cheaper meat for consumers.

Would you buy cheap meat possibly contaminated rather than paying a mere .20¢ more for pure, untainted meat!?

News report about Denmark who's stopped this practice:
The experiment to stop widespread use of antibiotics was launched 12 years ago in Denmark, when European studies showed a link between animals who were consuming antibiotic feed everyday and people developing antibiotic resistant infections from handling or eating that meat.

"We don't want to use more medicine than needed, and a lot of the medicine that is given is not needed," said Soren Helmer. Helmer is a second-generation pig farmer whose sows produce more than 30,000 pigs a year. When the ban started, he and his father thought the industry would suffer.

"We thought we could not produce pigs as efficient as we did before," Helmer said. "But that was proven wrong."

Since the ban, the Danish pork industry has grown by 43 percent - making it one of the top exporters of pork in the world. All of Europe followed suit in 2006. But the American Pork Industry doesn't want to.

The main reason they refuse to stop using antibiotics as growth-promoter, is because it'll cost $5 more for every 100 pounds of pork brought to market.

After the ban, a Danish study confirmed that removing antibiotics from farms drastically reduced antibiotic-resistant bacteria in animals and food.

Danish scientists believe if the U.S. doesn't stop pumping its farm animals with antibiotics, drug-resistant diseases in people will only spread.

"It's not going to be a time bomb that goes off like this," said Dr. Frank Aarestrup, of the Danish Food Institute at the University of Denmark. "It's something that's slowly getting more and more complicated, more difficult for us to actually treat infections."

Stephen McDonnell, CEO Applegate Farms, "We use too many antibiotics, we use too many growth promotants," McDonnell replied. "The singular focus is to create cheap meat. That's not always the best thing for the health of the Americans who buy it. We think with some subtle changes - giving them more space, feeding them a good diet, and not stressing them out by growing them too quickly - you don't even need to use antibiotics,"

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