Food on Drugs


For the first time ever the FDA has exposed the amount of antibiotics used in factory farm animals. The report says that in 2009 there were 29 million pounds of antibiotics given to America's livestock. The purpose of continuously dosing these animals with antibiotics is to fatten them up and keep them from getting sick from the unsanitary environments in which they are raised.

This report is just more proof of the lack of concern not only for the health of the critters we consume, but for the health of the general public as well. Although the report wasn't very substantial and the FDA released it without comment, it seems to be a step in the right direction toward mainstream exposure on the subject. There is the realization that life is being devalued--but at least now we're owning up to it. 

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