Most people probably would be surprised to learn that 80 percent of antibiotics sold in the United States are used in animal agriculture. The vast majority is for non-therapeutic purposes, such as promoting growth and compensating for effects of unsanitary and overcrowded conditions. Many of the antibiotics used in food animal production, such as penicillins and tetracyclines, are the same drugs we rely on to treat human illnesses, and therein lies the problem. Read more.
For all who will be enjoying a festive turkey meal on Christmas day, regulations will probably be the furthest thing from your mind. But as the tryptophan kicks in, dream about this—who is making sure that turkey isn’t a danger to your health?
Stephen McDonnell is the founder and CEO of Applegate Natural and Organic Meats. In an opinion editorial running in many outlets across the country this week, McDonnell has a sobering message about the need for more regulations to make the food we eat safer.
Now go finish your holiday shopping at a locally-owned small business.