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Resistance: Time To End Misuse of Antibiotics in Agriculture

By Fredrica Syren:

Last week, meat from a major grocery store in Sweden was recalled because it had been contaminated with a dangerous hormone. I sigh every time I hear about contaminated foods being sold in local grocery stores. I get especially fed up with hearing about all the pharmaceuticals being used in agriculture. The time to stop the misuse of any hormones and antibiotics in agriculture is TODAY.

I’ve written about this subject many times here on Green-mom.com, and you can read those articles here, here and here. antibiotics in factory farmsStandard practice misuse of antibiotics on animals destined for use as meat is worldwide. In the U.S alone, for example, 80% of all antibiotics produced are used on healthy animals raised for food to make them grow faster and as a precaution against the spread of diseases due to the unsanitary industrial farms. What once was considered a miracle drug has gotten a bad reputation because of its misuse in agriculture.

The misuse of antibiotics in meat comes with a heavy price of dangerous superbugs resistant to antibiotics for us humans. Sadly, as a result, resistant infections kill hundreds of thousands of people around the world each year. Antibiotic contaminated meats such as chicken, turkey, farmed fish and seafood, pork, beef and lamb put our children and ourselves at risk.

Here is a link to a trailer for a new documentary called Resistance, which covers the antibiotic resistance issue. I highly recommend that you watch it and learn more about why agricultural misuse of antibiotics is so harmful.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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