Day: July 17, 2009

Stop eating meat, at least non-local, organic meat

However, I’m not convinced that industrial animal farming is possible without routine antibiotic use. Stuffing animals together over their own shit essentially ruins their immune systems; antibiotics keep them alive long enough to reach slaughter weight. The industry’s very business model may be the root of the problem—fixing it might mean slaughtering the meat industry istelf, and returning to smaller scale, pastured-based meat-production models. That would mean significantly less meat in our diets. No doubt, though, H.R. 1549 represents a step forward. It will be passed—it at all—over the meat industry’s dead body. And I mean that literally—sort of. Hat tip to Maryn McKenna’s blog Superbug, which should be on every MRSA watchers RSS feed.

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