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tasty, tasty antibiotics

by on November 5, 2013

tasty, tasty antibiotics

another wonderful side effect of industrial food…

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6 Comments
  1. I think that the promotion of inducing any animal intended for market with drugs is a horrible idea. It not only is immoral in that it is a form of animal abuse, but it also can be a health risk amongst anyone who eats the meat. The increase in growth rates for these pigs is positive in a consumerist sense, but unjust and goes against the rights of animals. It is not right to inject animals in order to produce more meat at a faster rate and, as proven in this article, it is not very beneficial either. I found it fascinating that some people did not believe that the use of clean and hygienic environments for the pigs was a much better alternative. Although there were many studies and research done on the matter, it seems to me that it is common sense to surround the pigs with an uncontaminated environment instead of leaving them in dirty, crowded places while injecting them with hormones and antibiotics. I find it disgusting as well as inhumane that we go to such great lengths to harm these animals in order to make an extra dollar in a contemporary consumerist society. It is just not right.

  2. This article was particularly interesting to me; Dritz’s analysis of how antibiotics increase growth rates and feed inefficiencies in animals is quite thorough. Because the antibiotics caused pigs, chicken and cattle to grow over 12-15% faster, this growth-promoting strategy became widely utilized by meat producers. However, in the 1990s Dritz implemented a new idea, called multisite production. Because the pigs used to be raised in one small area, infections were easily spread. Dritz’s new system allowed pigs to be weaned and moved to a new place; then, the room would get washed and disinfected. As a result, farmers found that the pigs encountered diseases less frequently and would therefore grow faster. This is interesting because if we look to improve the pigs’ hygiene, the same growth-promoting effects of the antibiotics will be triggered. However, many people, such as veterinarians, were reluctant to accept this idea and continued to feed the pigs antibiotics. It goes to show how oblivious and inconsiderate society can be when it comes to choosing the more reasonable approach. Whether viewed from an objective viewpoint or not, it seems logical to make sure the pigs’ living conditions are uncontaminated. Instead of using antibiotics to fight disease it makes sense to approach the bigger issue of improving their living conditions. As a result, I believe farmers will notice substantial increase in the animals’ growth rate.

  3. Reading this article has informed me more in the industry of farming and how antibiotics and growth hormones are really not as relavent as the previously were. The farmers that implemented multisite production are having much cleaner and healthier farming areas, and are not medicating their animals into being mutated species. By cleaning the rooms after each group of pigs being brought in is taking away any possibility of any sort of infection that could harm the hogs. Also by taking extra precautions by taking their boots off going from room to room prevents the spread of any diseases. The stats show that there isn’t much of a difference between the amount of hogs living on the antibiotic and hogs living in a multisite production farm. Farmers should make the decision to switch over, not only for cheaper reasons, but also for the quality of the meat. But keeping a clean and healthy environment for the hogs, that means clean and healthy meat for human consumption. I would like to see some sort of law in place in the upcoming years that prohibits the use of antibiotics and growth hormones, and a switch to this multisite production. This process may not be perfect, but I do think that it is a better way to care for our hogs and meat.

  4. Cameron Brown permalink

    It’s a great feeling to read this article a couple of hours after I indulged in a pulled pork sandwich. I knew that meat producers injected chickens, pigs, cows and other types of meat with antibiotics and growth hormones but I took it for granted. I assumed that this is how we eat and produce today. From reading this article using growth promoting drugs is useless now. I understand have done it but to continue after knowing pigs will grow equally with a sanitary environment is frustrating. Like the article mentioned, to inject drugs into animals is poisoning meat eating humans. Having minimal amounts of antibiotics at a time can develop a human to become immune to antibiotics, causing many health risks. The refusal to stop injecting pigs with antibiotics is an example of how difficult it is to change society. Since people have been doing this for so many years it will not be easy to change a person’s mindset even if studies can prove that pigs aren’t getting any bigger. Social norms have been hard to break in the past and it’s clear that it will remain the same way. As someone who enjoys pork very much, it’s an interesting idea for me to think about. It’s now we are eating antibiotics instead of the succulent meat we ordered. We have become so wrapped up in maximizing the size (literally) of our profits, that money now grows at the cost of our health. Are farmers and vets purposely poisoning our food?

  5. emilylangan permalink

    The portion of “Eating Animals” about antibiotics was definitely most alarming to me. I have always been amazed at the allergies of today’s kids- allergies that did not even exist when our parents were growing up. I think that this can definitely be accredited to the antibiotics used in animal growth. I think that another thing to be considered with this article is that we really don’t know the effects that will come over time with our use of these genetically enhance animals. If pigs are no longer responding to the antibiotics, how do we know exactly what we are doing to their long term genetic coding? Whenever it comes to financial get aheads, we are never concerned with what we are doing long term.

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