Most factory farms give antibiotics to their livestock as a preemptive measure against disease and to promote rapid growth. Without antibiotics, the vast majority of animals on a factory farms would become extremely ill, due to improper conditions- overcrowded pens, toxic feed, lack on fresh air and sunshine.
When we consume meat from these animals, we are ingesting the very same drugs and chemicals. Over time, the routine use of these antibiotics creates resistant strains of bacteria that are very difficult to stop.
In an article today from mercola.com, Dr. Joseph Mercola provides great information on this subject.
For consumers, the solution to this problem is to purchase meat from responsible farmers who don't use drugs or chemicals on their livestock or land.
As for the factory farms, changing their methods of production could significantly reduce the need for antibiotics. If animals are given plenty of space, fresh air, sunshine, and natural feed, they are far less likely to suffer an infection.
Reliable Sources for Good Meat
Afton Field Farm
Cattail Creek Lamb
Rain Shadow El Rancho
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