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Thu Jul 30, 2015, 07:32 PM

the frightening Doc on Antibiotic use in agriculture & the development of antibiotic resistant germs

[font size="+1"].. if there is one thing you write/email your Congressman about it should be stopping the use of antibiotics in agriculture. It is leading to the evolution of antibiotic resistant bacteria. [/font]

This documentary describes the rise of antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria. These bacteria are not affected by the strongest antibiotics we have. IF we do not stop this use of antibiotics in agriculture we will one day experience a plague.. this is not alarmist talk. When antibiotics stop working the human race is in trouble. (on the other hand, we'll have a lot more room with several million - 10's of million? - people gone)

Transcript: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/health-science-technology/trouble-with-antibiotics/transcript-69/

video: http://video.pbs.org/video/2365345810/

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Bill USA Jul 2015 OP
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Response to Bill USA (Original post)

Thu Jul 30, 2015, 07:34 PM

1. kick, kick, kick....

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Response to Bill USA (Original post)

Fri Jul 31, 2015, 08:28 AM

2. I raise a small flock of sheep and chickens

 

On a small farm. I have never used antibiotics on my chickens. I get the chicks when they are a day old and they stay on the farm until they die. I don't slaughter them at 2 years like most chicken egg farms. They live out their life in a very large field and chicken coop that I rotate the fencing on. I can't do those chicken tractors because of the steep terrain and heavy preditor problems. I give my chickens only food, water and ground sea shells. I had one chicken live to be 12 years old. Their eggs are delicious and my loss due to diseases and illness are very minimal. In fact, except for predators, I would get no chicken deaths until they start getting old at about 4 years. I keep about 50 chickens. I have had no spreads of diseases, no lice or other bug infestations. Every now and then I'll find a hen dead in the coop and it's usually due to old age. If hens were allowed outside with plenty of room, the disease problems on the farm would disappear.

I also raise sheep. Some processor who wanted my lamb to process into sausages, said except for the breed, my lamb was no different than other American raised lamb. That's when I did some research. Turns out the FDA has aproved 5 different continual injected antibiotics, steroids, hormones and growrh regulators for sheep. And that 90% of all lamb purchased by consumers was raised at least for 30 days in a feedlots. My sheep spend their lives on pasture. We hve a very small sheep shed, that we use so the ewes are outnof the bad weather during lambing. The only time antibiotics are used is when one of my ewes, not for meat animals, gets an injury that she would die from infection if she were not treated. So my hair sheep are a whole lot different than the crap sold in most grocery stores.

Ok so that's my long winded way of saying you don't need to pump farm animals full of chemicals to get good meat and make a profit. Farmers who need to pump their animals full of chemicals are doing something wrong.

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Response to fasttense (Reply #2)

Fri Jul 31, 2015, 05:50 PM

3. thanks for this expert info. IT seems apparent that cramming animals together is why the industrial

meat farms need to give their animals a continuous supply of antibiotics. We need to just stop that. Buy more land and give the animals more room. If it costs a bit more it's obviously worth it since the route we are on now will lead us inevitably to antibiotic resistant bacteria and plagues. Hard to say how many will die - but the threat is real. It looks like it's just a matter of time.

Thanks again for your expert insight tothe situation. I saw a doc on Canadian tv about some people who are doing farming like you are. They do it in part because they feel in the long run it's more sustainable. Also because they don't like using all the chemicals industrial farms use.

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