In the article titled “Meat is Murder – but It’s People Being Killed (and Not How You Think),” it explains the problem of antibiotic use in the meat industry. The article starts off with some terrifying statistics:
“23,000 Americans will die this year from antibiotic-resistant infections; 80 percent of antibiotics in the U.S. are used by the meat industry.”
It goes on to explain that when we consume meat from cattle that was treated with antibiotics, we are also ingesting those antibiotics. As a result, the bacteria that is essential to our own health that resides in our gut, is destroyed – paving the way for harmful bacteria to grow, spread, and fester. What’s more terrifying is that consumers are then left vulnerable to antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can often result in death.
Don’t Be Afraid!
After reading this article, it’s easy to become terrified to eat meat, and even easier to demand these industries immediately change their practices. But we must face a harsh reality: they are not going to change. This assault on our food and health can seem overwhelming, like a battle that can never be won. But have hope – there is a solution!
These big companies make a lot of money from the meat that they sell. The pharmaceutical companies also profit off of the antibiotics they sell to the meat industry. However, this can all change, and you can be a part of that change without ever having to protest. As we regularly state on our blog and Changecasts, “Small changes among the masses can have a massive impact around the world.” If consumers would simply start buying organic meat, the meat industry would be forced to either shut down their operation or change their practices. This would, in-turn, cripple the business given to the Pharmaceutical companies that provide these antibiotics! It may cost you a little more up front to purchase organic, but prices would eventually be brought down as organic becomes the standard. Think of it as an investment in your healthcare – and instead of spending the money on medical bills to treat the diseases caused by this problem, spend that money on healthy meats for your family and live a longer, healthier life. Much like we mentioned in our article about raising hens for organic eggs, we have the power to bring about change, and it is as easy as changing the way we shop. Be The Change!
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Small changes among the masses can have a massive impact around the world. Be The Change!