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Antibiotics in Your Food: What's Causing the Rise in Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in Our Food Supply and Why You Should Buy Antibiotic-Free Food

By Barry Estabrook, "Growing Resistance," May/June 2013

As the use of antibiotics in farming and raising livestock has increased, new antibiotic resistant bacteria, or "superbugs" are emerging. Here's what you need to know about antibiotics in your food and eating antibiotic-free food.


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"To suggest that there is only "one real solution" is a rather limited point of view. Perhaps that solution is the only one for you, but that does not make it ipso facto for everyone. I am a omnivore, eat meat sparingly and when I do I...
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There's only one real solution to this - veganism. Why on earth has this woman not gone vegan? She "loves meat". Well, I can understand that, I pretended that I was a caveman for 30 years eating my steaks blue and killing pigeons and eating them before they were even cold. When you realise that something is horrendously bad for you, you have to have the courage to make a change and the discipline to follow it through. Buying "non-antibiotic" meat is a joke. 1 - What about all the other chemicals and hormones in the meat and 2 - you're still contributing to the meat and dairy industry, of which 90% uses drugs on animals.

@beardvised

Anonymous

05/03/2013 - 2:53am

I thought this was a great article. I believe that buying meat--even antibiotic free--is still contributing to our environmental problem, but like so many others I do love my steaks. I wish I had the courage of my convictions (and the discipline) to become vegan, but I don't. So for me, trying to reduce my meat consumption via Meatless Mondays etc...and only eating humanely raised, steroid-free, antibiotic-free grass fed beef and free range organic chicken, along with sustainable seafood has been a step in the right direction.

If the majority of the population made small steps like the ones I mention above it think it would have a huge impact. Then who knows how many of those people would take the next step towards vegetarianism and then ultimately to veganism. Crawl. Walk. Run.

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rebecca cole

05/03/2013 - 11:06am

To suggest that there is only "one real solution" is a rather limited point of view. Perhaps that solution is the only one for you, but that does not make it ipso facto for everyone. I am a omnivore, eat meat sparingly and when I do I choose locally grown and/or certified organic. This does not make me a cave man, nor does it mean it's bad for me. Buying anti-biotic free (ABF) meats is not a joke, its a step to move the food industry away from the burgeoning use of antibiotics that end up in your ground water, chances are that your getting these things in your drinking water even if you are eating hard core raw/vegan. I just wish that those who subscribe to a vegan diet didn't feel the need to be above everyone else who consumes meat. This attitude has in my experience pushed many to resist veganism, rather than approach the dietary choices in it as beneficial and enjoyable.

Anonymous

05/08/2013 - 7:17am



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