Hey there, it’s Patsy. I was supposed to post yesterday. Wednesday’s my new day to do our vegan posts but I am so used to Thursday’s I clean forgot. Sorry!
Since this is No Meat May, and we don’t have far to go, I thought I would talk about antibiotics in animal agriculture.
Did you know that 80% of antibiotics sold in the US are used for food animals.
When I started out years and years ago it was 30%. Then hovered around 50%. I hadn’t checked it in a long time and now it’s a whopping 80%. I thought it may have gone higher, but not 80%. How toxic. Ugh.
Get a load of this from American Journal of Public Health:
Antibiotics are administered to animals in feed to marginally improve growth rates and to prevent infections, a practice projected to increase dramatically worldwide over the next 15 years.
There is growing evidence that antibiotic resistance in humans is promoted by the widespread use of nontherapeutic antibiotics in animals. Resistant bacteria are transmitted to humans through direct contact with animals, by exposure to animal manure, through consumption of undercooked meat, and through contact with uncooked meat or surfaces meat has touched.
Wow, increase dramatically. It’s already dramatic enough for me at 80%. What about you? Can you imagine amount of toxins you are dumping in your body when you eat meat? I hate the idea of people eating meat for the animals of course, but I also hate that people who eat meat are doing this to themselves and their families.
No Meat May
Hey, if you haven’t been doing this — No Meat May — why don’t you join us for the last week of May? Pleeeeeezzzzz!
Oops! Forgot the book. You gotta read this if you are on the fence about giving up meat. Especially if you have a family like me.
About the Author
Bestselling author Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his life oscillating between enthusiastic carnivore and occasional vegetarian. For years he was content to live with uncertainty about his own dietary choices-but once he started a family, the moral dimensions of food became increasingly important.
Part memoir and part investigative report, Eating Animals is the groundbreaking moral examination of vegetarianism, farming, and the food we eat every day that inspired the documentary of the same name.
Description source: Amazon.com. Get the book now »
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