An article in Scientific American answers a question about antibiotic misuse that creates “super bugs,” antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria that have the potential to spread like a wildfire and kill millions of people. From the article:
EAT NOW, PAY LATER?: According to the Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming, the routine use of antibiotics in food animals–used not only to treat sick animals but also to offset the health effects of crowding and poor sanitation and to spur animal growth–presents a serious and growing threat to human health because it creates new strains of dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
MRSA, anyone? Read more here >>
And follow up with more details at the Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming: www.saveantibiotics.org.
The Scientific American article suggests legislative reform. While that’s an important component, there’s an even easier, more substantial way to have a major effect on the industries that over use antibiotics: stop giving them your financial support. You can do that by opting for vegan foods.