Many of us are aware of the ethical reasons to stop supporting factory farming (check out documentaries Food Inc or Earthlings for more). Yet what about the less "hippy dippy" reasons for those who are not as convinced?
The greenest way to be is meat-free, however you can have your meat and eat it too, while still playing your part in saving the world. Together we can help put the brakes on the dark direction the food industry is taking.
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1. Superbugs - Commercial farming routinely administers low-dose antibiotics to the animals to prevent disease, and to promote rapid growth. However, not all bacteria are wiped out by the treatments, and those that aren’t can acquire resistance to the antibiotics used. These bacteria then multiply and create a new resistant population.
If we eat commercial meats, we may consume small residues of this resistant strain of bacteria that then colonize within our bodies. What would happen if we got very sick, but our bodies contain bacteria that fight our only antibiotic treatment? In fact, a number of scientists and medical experts believe antibiotics could soon become obsolete.
“As bacteria become more antibiotic resistant, people can no longer be sure that prescribed drugs actually work”. -- Michael Khoo, Want Drugs With Those Fries?
Verdict: “Incurable” is not a word you want to hear uttered in front of your diagnosis.