CBS Evening News Feb 9, 2010

The Center For Disease Control (CDC) is warning of a potential health disaster created by the inability to treat diseases normally treatable with antibiotics because of growing ineffectiveness of antibiotics in humans who have consumed industrial meat products over an extended timeframe. One of these, MRSA, is an antibiotic resistant staph infection common to people who work in industrial meat production facilities and their neighbors. Currently more people die from MRSA (the hospital pathogen) each year than die from aids. On this tape Couric interviews people who have had MRSA, some many times, and people on both sides of the controversial bills now in Congress, which ban the regular use of antibiotics in farm animal feed. The first to recommend this action was the heavily industry represented Pew Commission in their 4/08 report (see reference #1). The current House and Senate bills are supported by 300 organizations including the AMA. The tape can be viewed at the following site:


Antibiotic resistance is only one of many health and environmental issues created by industrial animal facilities. Raising animals in their own feces in crowded conditions is a basically flawed concept. The Johns Hopkins study Farmacology (see reference #21)

#21.            http://www.jhu.edu/~jhumag/0609web/farm.html

points out that these facilities are perfect pathogen incubators producing trillions of pathogens that escape by air transmission, by chicken transporters, by flies and by contaminated people including neighbors of these facilities who most probably are the source of contamination in hospitals and clinics.

But perhaps long term the corn feed used by and the untreated manure from these facilities which is 40 times the waste produced by humans in the US is even more problematic. The only two chicken CAFO’s ever tested in Maryland showed nitrate levels as high as 80 mg/L or 200 times the normal background level for nitrate in the principle Delmarva well drained upland aquifer (see reference # 44). USGS quantifies nitrate pollution from manure at 35% of Delmarva nitrogen pollution, second only to corn production at 59% (see reference #33). Corn used as CAFO feed and manure generated by CAFO’s are the major nitrogen pollution sources in the great Midwest creating the oxygen dead zone and species loss in the Gulf of Mexico (see reference #31). Forcing any living creature to live a life in these facilities coupled with the health and environmental effects is a National disgrace which is well past time to fix (see Food inc. reference #15 and Pew Commission report Reference #1).


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