Finally! The U.S. court system is finally standing up for our health and for the well-being of the animals we raise. Earlier this week, the federal court system decided that the Food and Drug Administration cannot continue to ignore the rampant overuse in antibiotics in our CAFO (concentrated animal feeding operation) livestock system. From an article at the NRDC:
“For over 35 years, FDA has sat idly on the sidelines largely letting the livestock industry police itself,” said Avinash Kar, NRDC health attorney. “In that time, the overuse of antibiotics in healthy animals has skyrocketed – contributing to the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that endanger human health. Today, we take a long overdue step toward ensuring that we preserve these life-saving medicines for those who need them most – people.
For those of you that are not familiar, factory-farmed livestock in the United States is usually fed antibiotics as a regular part of their feed, to both healthy and sick animals, as a way to ward off disease in the overcrowded conditions and (supposedly) encourage stronger growth. This is causing a serious problem as more and more “superbug” mutations are being traced to factory farms. Not only is the meat from more natural feeding systems actually better for you, but it’s looking more and more like the factory farming itself is threatening our health.
Let’s hope that the FDA takes action quickly, and this will result in better food for us and better conditions for the animals we raise for meat. I for one would not be sad to see at least a little more space for these overstressed animals. And to end this post on a high note, here’s a picture of my chickens (now almost 7 weeks old),
stockin’ up on, erm, digesting some of those Omega 3’s: