News: MRSA found in nearly half of factory farmed pigs AND the pig workers.
“Examining CAFOs [Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations aka factory farms] scattered in Iowa and Illinois, Smith and her team found the MRSA [Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus] strain in 49 percent of pigs and 45 percent of the workers who tend them.”
The “superbug” MRSA is a bacterium that causes infections. It’s tougher to treat than most strains of staphylococcus aureus (staph) because MRSA is resistant to commonly used antibiotics. According to WebMD:
“Rates of infection in hospitals, especially intensive care units, are rising throughout the world. In U.S. hospitals, MRSA causes more than 60% of staph infections.”
“But MRSA is also showing up in healthy people who have not been living in the hospital. This type of MRSA is called community-associated MRSA, or CA-MRSA.” [...]
“Studies have shown that rates of CA-MRSA infection are growing fast. One study of children in south Texas found that cases of CA-MRSA had a 14-fold increase between 1999 and 2001.”
“MRSA kills something close to 20,000 Americans every year — more than AIDS.”
“A real reckoning with the MRSA-CAFO link could deliver a devastating blow to the meat industry. To keep animals alive while stuffed together by the thousands, standing in their own collected waste, it’s evidently necessary to dose them with lots of antibiotics. CAFO conditions destroy animal’s immune systems; antibiotics pick up the slack. Take them away, and the CAFO model might crumble.”
But the scariest part is probably this:
“neither the FDA, USDA nor CDC had launched systematic testing of the U.S. meat supply for MRSA.”
There are good reasons not to eat pigs:
- Pigs are intelligent and social animals. They have the intelligence of a three-year-old human and they are playful and social like dogs.
- Pork is high in cholesterol. E Coli is found in pork.
- There are plenty of imitation bacon products available that taste similar to real bacon.
But now, with MRSA, there’s really no reason to eat pigs at all. And if you’re not persuaded, go image search “MRSA” >>