Bracing For Antibiotic Resistance

Written by Lillian Tram on February 8th, 2013

 

Big news on the farm around the country is the issues with antibiotic usage – and now resistance to antibiotics by diseases – by pig farmers all around the country. While pig farmers have been feeding antibiotics to their pigs for years now, just in the last few years the United States and the FDA have come down with some pretty stringent guidelines on antibiotics in animals and for animal food.

 

Antibiotics, after all, make the pigs ward off disease when they are young and vulnerable, and allow farmers to see to it that they have a clean crop each year and a good set of pigs from which to choose. Plus, antibiotics help the older pigs grow faster on less feed, accounting for more profits and a better profit margin than what had been previously used decades before.

 

 

 

Big farming and big agriculture have taken over, and while the idyllic small American farm is long gone, there are other things at play here, too. Antibiotics have long been questioned as being not only unsustainable when it comes to pork and food production, but also downright dangerous for both the pigs in question, and the humans who consume them in ever greater numbers.

 

It hasn’t appeared like it has yet paid off, though the guidelines are but one or two years old, but the question is a big one: even humans become resistant to antibiotics as their bodies and immune systems (and specifically, the viruses and illnesses in question) learn how to fight and resist the antibiotics.

 

 

So for the pork producers out there, the exact same thing has been happening to pork, and pigs all around the country. And it has larger root problems, too; the CDC has uncovered studies and evidence that suggest the more antibiotics are used in our pork production, the more resistant human bodies come to antibiotics and to fighting diseases. That’s not good!

 

Food, Inc. and other major movies have come out recently, all decrying the corporate and capitalistic food industry, but while they target working conditions and more, the antibiotic issue isn’t as widespread as some maybe think it should be.

 

 

What do you think, though? Are antibiotics in your food a major issue? When you consider how these pigs are used and slaughtered for the profit margins and mass production manufacturing, do you think twice before consuming them, or is it just business as usual and pleasure from eating tasty pork?

 

18 Responses to “Bracing For Antibiotic Resistance”

  1. Shawn says:

    It’s very controversial imo… some people refuse to eat any meat that has antibiotic residue in it… other people won’t touch meat unless they know the animal was healthy.

  2. Nicki says:

    I do like the pig and it is so cute!!

  3. Paul says:

    I really do think there needs to be some balance injected into this situation. Many love pork and should continue to have it, but the pigs in question must be treated more humanely and given nothing but the best care and nutrition. If everyone came together on this issue, it would be a done deal.

  4. Robert says:

    I really only care about antibiotics if there is a significant enough amount to affect my health.

  5. Steven says:

    I’m glad I live in a country where antibiotics are banned in farming.

  6. Chris W. says:

    While antibiotics may be beneficial in the short term, I believe that their over use is harmful in the long term. Antibiotic resistant bacteria can be very dangerous! Just ask my brother, husband, and niece who have all been afflicted by MRSA.

  7. Sarah says:

    I really only care about antibiotics if there is a significant enough amount to affect my health.

  8. Jimmy says:

    Poor cute Piggy getting antibiotic , good for the health

  9. Tammy Thomas says:

    Terrifying to think of all the thing that go into our food without our knowing it!

  10. karen richards says:

    It is rather scary to think of all that is injected into the food we eat.

  11. Steven Sikes says:

    This is only the tip of the iceberg. There is so much going on with antibiotics in all animals ending up on the dinner table.

  12. david more says:

    Wow I think this is alarming and needed to be look upon more seriously. A lot of people consume pork and not all can tolerate any antibiotic residue in it. There are those consumers that are more vulnerable, like the very old and the very young.

  13. Chris Willie says:

    I don’t think I’m going to eat pork too soon.

  14. Jack and Basel says:

    I think it is ridiculous! I believe that we should try getting back to “grass roots” rather than allowing corporations determine how we grow our livestock and crops. Little by little we are poisoning our planet and our selves…so sad 🙁

  15. Ghie says:

    People should value traditional and natural ways, I think.
    I won’t be surprised if next they’re manipulating people production.
    Just be careful on choosing your foods.

  16. Jessica D. says:

    I totally agree! I hate knowing I’m eating antiobiotics that are strong enough for a huge HOG! I mean, I’m scared enough when my doc prescribes me a low does of penicillin for my infected throat or ears :/

  17. Morgan Smith says:

    Does anyone think that antibiotic-fed animals could pose a major health risk to someone who is severely allergic to a certain antibiotic? Just wondering 🙂

  18. Annalise loves piggies! says:

    I guess I don’t really have a preference or any strong opinion on this. I know it’s very controversial. Very interesting topic though! It is what it is I guess!

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