Is Conventional meat contaminated with antibiotic resitant bacteria?

Today I read an article that raises questions regarding the safety of our meat.  I try to keep as up to date as I can researching the news and staying informed when it comes to our food, where it comes from and the problems that arise, and then of course report them to you.

What I found out today alarms me a great deal!  Get this:

The last test results from a federal report published last year found that:

81 percent of raw ground turkey,
55 percent of raw ground beef, and
39 percent of raw chicken parts were infected with antibiotic-resistant microbes!

These are the germs that can cause food poisoning and are now becoming more and more resistant to treatment.  What that means for you, or heaven forbid your child, is treatment becomes much more complicated, longer hospital stays and there have now been reported deaths from these illnesses.

What is causing this?

Experts say that overusing antibiotics in livestock farming is one of the main reasons these so-called superbugs develop.

Close to 30 million pounds of antibiotics were sold in 2011, TWENTY-TWO percent more than in 2005. Meat producers regularly give their livestock drugs to promote growth or treat infections

According to the Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming, around 80 percent of pharmaceuticals sold in the U.S. are sold for meat production

Did you read that last part or just skim over it? EIGHT PERCENT of pharmaceuticals are sold for MEAT!

In addition, the overcrowding that occurs in factory farms is adding to these problems.


If you’re still not convinced eating free pasture ranging animals is better for you, then let me leave you with this final note.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus CC398, also known as Pig MRSA, a strain of the potentially deadly antibiotic resistant bacterium, has jumped from food animals to humans, researchers from Northern Arizona University reported in the journal mBio (February 2012 issue).

I don’t know about you, but I’m finding reports like these on the news more frequently each year.  The overcrowding  of these factory farms has to stop!

If you like this article I encourage you to please share it with those you love to start buying ORGANIC, FREE RANGE meat.


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