Superbugs – Yet Another Reason for a Plant Based Diet
I just read Michael Greger MD on Huffington Post and so saddened at how our meat and poultry producers just don’t get it. With all the struggles our “modern” society has to stay healthy, can’t we please get the factory farms to just stop – please?
It seems the poultry industry is still using a class of antibiotics that was supposedly banned in 2005. Researchers at John’s Hopkins tested chicken feathers and found a list of drugs including acetaminophen, caffeine, benadryl, prozac and cipro. Yes, Cipro – an important antibiotic used to treat Humans. Not only is this so hazardous to our health and survival – it was banned 7 years ago! Despite court cases, public outcry and support form over 100 medical organizations (not to mention being banned all over europe), the US meat industry and drug manufacturers are still managing to get around it.
This is not a new problem. The use of antibiotics in animal feed and causation of resistant superbugs has been around for decades. (It was a personal catalyst for me in a high school microbiology class- inspiring me to study nutrition) It’s time to stop the nonsense by passing the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act, H.R. 965/ S. 1211.to restrict all classes of antibiotics critical to human medicine.