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      HealthWACH: Animal overdose


      Farmers across the country feed their livestock with antibiotics that are hidden in their feed or water. They do this so their animals will grow faster and to prevent the chance of infections when the animals are housed in unsanitary, stressful, and crowded conditions. The effects of feeding the livestock with antibiotics are the â??superbugsâ?? that spread to humans. These bugs contain harmful germs that are able to fight off antibiotics. This issue is growing into a large health risk to those who do not consume organic meat. If farmers continue to mix antibiotics with animalsâ?? feed, and if we choose to continue to eat these foods, then we are putting ourselves at risk of becoming resistant to drugs to treat illnesses such as strep throat, childhood ear infections, and pneumonia.

      Superbugs are resistant organisms that have been found on poultry and meat products sold in grocery stores. A recent study showed that poultry and meat from five cities in the U.S. found Staphylococcus aureus (Staph infection) on almost half of their samples. Those samples were also antibiotic and multi-drug resistant. Not only are these superbugs spread through food, but through water, air, and livestock workers as well. Workers can spread superbugs through their clothing, which can spread to children and families and the bacteria has been found in water fed to livestock and in the air downwind from swine facilities.

      A healthy alternative to eating meat and poultry without contaminating our bodies is to search for suppliers who provide customers with grass-fed meats. Livestock that is fed naturally and antibiotic free does not contain poisonous chemicals and drugs, and does not contain superbugs. Organic farms provide their animals with motherâ??s milk, room for foraging, and grass from the time they are born, until they are harvested. The animals are given the freedom to roam the pastures, rather than being locked up in a confined area. Grass fed meats are extremely healthy for people because they contain a high percentage of good fats like CLA and Omega-3 fatty acids. It is also good for the community because small farms provide jobs in idyllic communities, which creates sustainable businesses for future generations.