Exploring Vegetarian/Pescaterian lifestyles have been recent subjects for our radio shows. Besides ethical reasons, the contamination of food source meats is a major concern. Below is a scary, shocking report printed in the LA Times regarding the amount of antibiotics that are actually in our food source meats.
What does this mean?
Well, one of the effects of antibiotic fed meat, is that we ingest antibiotics and as a society, we breed drug resistant bacteria, such as Staphylococcus aureus. You may have heard of friends or relatives who have been hospitalized with MRSA or Staph infections. They need a course of expensive drugs to battle this “Super bug” strain of infection.
Why is this happening now?
Honestly, we didn’t hear about this type of infection 20 years ago. But, because of the push for farms and corporations to be more profitable and increase efficiency, they try to do more with less. Less room for the animals, less loss from sick animals, more pounds per animal and hence, more money. In our opinion, antibiotics and growth hormones are a direct result of the drive to increase profitability.
From the LA Times: Almost half of meat in stores may have drug-resistant bacteria
47% of samples tested had the type of bacteria that most commonly causes staph infections. Food animals routinely fed antibiotics are a possible source. Meat in the U.S. may be widely contaminated with strains of drug-resistant bacteria, researchers reported Friday after testing 136 samples of beef, chicken, pork and turkey purchased at grocery stores.
Nearly half of the samples – 47% – contained strains of Staphylococcus aureus, the type of bacteria that most commonly causes staph infections. Of those bacteria, 52% were resistant to at least three classes of antibiotics, according to a study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.
DNA testing suggested the animals were the source of contamination. Environmental health scientist Lance Price, the study’s leader, said the animals most likely harbored these drug-resistant pathogens because antibiotics routinely are fed to livestock to promote growth and prevent disease in crowded pens on large farms.