Friday, August 6, 2010

FDA warns about Antibiotics in Meat!

I was recently watching an episode of Law & Order: SVU and the police in the show were investigating the murder of someone who was filming a documentary about a meat company. The show became fairly far-fetched in the story line, but the moral of the episode was to be wary of what companies are doing to the foods we eat.

A major problem with the food industry today is that companies sacrifice quality of food for quantity produced. Farm animals are given antibiotics to keep them alive so that they can grow to enormous sizes. However, these antibiotics are then passed through the animals to humans.

One of the major consequences of giving animals these antibiotics is the possibility of producing bacteria that is resistant to certain drugs. These "super bugs" can cause huge problems, especially in hospital settings.

The best resource for people wanting to know what they are eating is knowledge. We must continually research what is being done to our food and how we should eat. Everyone has an opinion on the subject, and no one can agree what is/isn't harmful to humans. A couple of books that can be helpful are by the author Michael Pollan. They are called "The Omnivore's Dilemma" and "In Defense of Food." The first explains, in Mr. Pollan's opinion, what is wrong with the food industry and the second tells us how we should eat. Both books will give you insight on the food industry and make you think the next time you are in the supermarket.

The FDA has recently given their opinion on antibiotics in meat. The following link is for an article in which the FDA calls antibiotics in meat a 'serious public health threat:'

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