Antibiotics: Agribusiness’s Pound of Flesh

Antibiotics: Agribusiness’s Pound of Flesh

“Antibiotics: Agribusiness’s Pound of Flesh” When farm animals are fed antibiotics, they can develop antibiotic-resistant
bacteria in their guts, and then the gut bacteria
can become manure on meat, which can spread to humans. Even vegetarian humans, since drug
resistant bacteria in animal feces can also spread to people through
crops or the environment. The exhaust fans can blow MRSA
superbugs straight out into the surrounding area from pig
operations, or poultry operations. You can find MRSA floating
around outside these sheds containing thousands
of turkeys or chickens. This may explain why in Europe human MRSA infection
has been tied to just living in a region with
industrial pig production, whether or not people have
direct contact with livestock. These findings may not just
be limited to Europe though, where their factory
farms pale in comparison to what we have here in the States. But we didn’t now for sure, until now. Proximity to swine manure
application to crop fields and livestock operations was
each associated with MRSA and skin and soft-tissue infections
in people here in the U.S. These findings contribute
to the growing concern about the potential
public health impacts of this high-density livestock production. Achievements in modern medicine, such as surgery and the
treatment of preterm babies, which we today take for granted, would not be possible
without access to effective treatment
for bacterial infections. Within just a few years, we might
be faced with dire setbacks, unless real and unprecedented
global coordinated actions are immediately taken to
protect these wonder drugs. So the use of antibiotics
just to promote the growth of farm animals
to slaughter weight should be banned worldwide
as happened in the EU. Europe stopped feeding pigs and
chickens tetracycline and penicillin to promote growth about 40 years ago, something we continue to do to this day. The Pew Commission recently
published a 5-year update on their landmark blue-ribbon
commission report on current agricultural
practices that found “the present system of producing
food animals in the United States presents an unacceptable
risk to public health.” Their #1 recommendation was to ban this nontherapeutic use of antibiotics, but agriculture lobbies
are not going to give up the use of antibiotics
without a fight. In December 2013, the FDA
released guidance for industry, their voluntary
guidance for industry. They recommend antibiotics
no longer be used to just fatten animals for slaughter but emphasize that they are just that: toothless, non-legally
enforceable suggestions. This voluntary approach has
come under withering criticism from the public health
and medical communities concerned about the increase in
antibiotic-resistant bacterial pathogens. The USDA is considering
even going backwards, eliminating the requirement
to even test for staph aureus at all in
the Federal school lunch program. They understand that school-aged children are considered a ‘‘sensitive population,’’ hence, more stringent requirements,
including sampling and testing, may be required to help assure
safety and public confidence. However, the cost of such
programs must be weighed against the cost of buying the food
needed to support the program. As one University of Iowa
epidemiologist said, “although human health should
take priority over farm animals, farmers will be reluctant to change
until researchers can come up with safe and cost-effective practices
to replace the use of antibiotics.” How much are antibiotics
really saving the industry? The net bottom line benefit from
the use of antibiotic feed additives may only be about $0.25 per animal, which means eliminating the risky practice
of feeding antibiotics by the ton to farm animals would raise the price
of meat less than a penny per pound.

19 thoughts on “Antibiotics: Agribusiness’s Pound of Flesh

  1. the us government was just taken over by anti science anti regulation anti thinking republicans. you are wasting your breath. big business will not be denied.

  2. I love your videos. Well you please do a video on yeast in the body vs. eating yeast. Grapenuts and other cereals have yeast, bagels, breads

  3. Feeding antibiotics by the ton to chickens and pigs to fatten them faster may save the industry less than a penny per pound of meat

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  4. This is just another of many reasons the country I live in has become an absolute embarrassment to the world. When 10% of every workers salary is taxed just to support a totally out of control military budget and the desires of corporations are regularly placed above the welfare of the country or its citizens, you meet the definition of Fascism that I read on Wikipedia.

  5. Freethinking – Is it really Republicans that have done this?  I think the drive to make more and more money at the expense of the common good is a human trait not a political trait.  We could say the same for the Democrats and Obama care.  That is a big government take over of your life – how is that any different.   The point of this presentation is to show that most farmers are doing what big ag tells them to do to maximize profits.  They are not doing it on purpose to make us sick.  They are simply trying to maximize profit the best way they know how.  Slowly the tide is turning and farmers are seeing better profits growing healthier animals.

  6. SORRY UNRELATED ISSUE ;any statments on ; sour sop/or plant products , tea ect,  is the fuss just hype or is it a cancer wonder cure post when you can and thanks for all your good works , we apreciate them

  7. Long therapies with antibiotics increase all cause women's' mortality by 27%!

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