I was listening to the news this morning when a report on HEALTH caught my attention “80% of ALL antibiotic use in America is Agricultural” and yet the reporter went on to talk about the 20% of overprescribing drugs. I didn’t hear much as I was stuck on 80% of ALL antibiotic use is in agriculture. Could that really be true? Off I went to the internet and here is what I found.
“Several studies have investigated the relationship between antibiotic resistance and animal agriculture. In December 2007, the USDA issued an information sheet on concerns for animal and human health related to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureas (MRSA), reporting that the evolution of MRSA and other drug-resistant pathogens have been linked to extensive antibiotic use in medicine and food animal production. A 2003 Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Sciences report concluded that antimicrobial use in human medicine alone will have little effect on the current antibiotic-resistant situation and that substantial efforts must be made to decrease inappropriate overuse of antibiotics in animals and agriculture.” According to that CDC report JUST RELEASED (September 2013) Antibiotics are widely used in food-producing animals, and according to data published by FDA, there are more kilograms of antibiotics sold in the United States for food-producing animals than for people. This use contributes to the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in food-producing animals. Resistant bacteria in food-producing animals are of particular concern because these animals serve as carriers.”
WHAT DOES ALL OF THAT MEAN? Essentially, you are always eating antibiotics.
SO? No problem, right? Except the bugs are getting stronger while the humans are getting weaker. If you get sick there may be NO ANTIBIOTICS that can fight your illness. WHY? Because the bugs breed quicker then humans (we take 9 months to gestate a baby where a honey-bee takes 30 days). BIG difference, they can develop immunities quicker then we can.
WHAT TO DO? Choose GRASS-FED MEAT. Its the way we all THINK meat is raised but it isn’t, hasn’t been since GET BIG OR GET OUT days, since most of our life-times. Gras-Fed is God Fed the way it has always been done before greed and a desire for better toys took over healthy bodies.
It’s out there, ask your grocers, farmers markets, meat markets and DON’T BE FOOLED by all the gimmicks. Natural. Organic. Grain-Finished? ALL excuses to dupe YOU out of your hard earned dollars. LOOK FOR GRASS FED.
Those pastoral scenes have faded from the American Landscape, it’s what Willie Nelson was fighting for and many of us think is how our food grows, but I know YOU don’t! YOU know that GRASS-FED cows take TWO years from calf to full grown weight. While in the CONVENTIONAL METHOD where animals have limited movement CAFOS (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation, and they are) it takes ONLY NINE months.
DIGGING DEEPER: And from the NYTimes: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/17/health/cdc-report-finds-23000-deaths-a-year-from-antibiotic-resistant-infections.html?ref=health From the FDA: .http://www.fda.gov/downloads/ForIndustry/UserFees/ nimalDrugUserFeeActADUFA/UCM338170.pdf Other sources: http://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/060210p32.shtml
Did You Know?
- In the last 40 years nearly one third of the world’s arable (farmable) land has been lost.
- In 2008, American farmers planted 85.9 million acres of corn and 75.7 million acres of soy.
- In 2002, 21% of American farm operators did not live on the farm they operated.
- Two percent of livestock farms now raise 40 percent of all animals in the US.
- In the United States in 2007, 81.5% of pigs are raised on farms with 2,000 pigs or more
AND in a related area of study: MICROBIOMS, there is a growing body of studies linking antibiotic use with some interesting behavior.
Indeed, a flurry of studies in the past several years indicates that the gut microbiome’s importance goes beyond physical health: It is also a key player in the gut-brain connection. In one striking demonstration of the potency of the so-called “microbiome-gut-brain axis,” published in Gastroenterology in 2011, Bercik and colleagues gave BALB/c mice, a strain of mice that are typically timid and shy, a cocktail of antibiotics, dramatically changing the composition of their gut bacteria.
“Their behavior completely changed,” Bercik says. “They became bold and adventurous.”
The antibiotic treatment also boosted levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in the hippocampus. This neurochemical promotes neural connections and is an important factor in memory and mood. When the antibiotic regimen was stopped, the animals soon reverted to their usual, cautious selves, and their brain biochemistry also returned to normal.