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Emily H is still wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving

by on November 28, 2013

Emily H is still wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving

‘We will most likely not know whether or not the turkeys that sit on our Thanksgiving tables have been injected with antibiotics because the government does not collect data on antibiotic sales by species and industries do not volunteer this information. This article discusses some of the consequences and concerns surrounding this withholding of information.’


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  1. Cameron Brown permalink

    First of all I think that the fact that some antibiotic-resistant bacteria do occasionally show up on supermarket turkeys is by itself a scary thought. No matter if the chance of getting sick is low; people can still be eating genetically enhanced birds. And like the article said we can’t know how much or how often these birds are injected with drugs. Another thing turkey eaters don’t want to read in an article is “The National Turkey Federation, for instance, was reluctant to share any details on how its members use antibiotics.” Whenever you read or heard something like this it only means that you don’t want to know the answer. I would love to know what really goes into our turkeys besides the disease antibiotics but big companies these days always have the upper hand. We have read about how food production works and I would have to assume that if companies improved the animals living conditions they wouldn’t need as much antibiotic use, making food safer. Finally, this entire article says is that turkeys are given antibiotics which then end up in humans. We don’t necessarily know how much or for what and I don’t think consumers will ever know.

  2. This article captivated my attention when it asked how the the livestock industry uses antibiotics on the animals we consume; however, “unfortunately, it’s not possible to answer that question.” Although the article concludes by stating the risk of getting sick from eating a turkey is fairly low, there is still a certain amount of fear that is accompanied while eating it. What is really surprising is that the government doesn’t collect data on antibiotic sales by species or by use. This is a concern for society, who regularly consumes meat. It should be required that the FDA publishes this information, including the antibiotics the animals consume, to the public. It is the public’s right to have a thorough understanding of what they are consuming and what the animal was fed. Especially because the article states that the drug gentamiacin is frequently given to turkeys and chickens; this is also the drug that is prescribed to humans to prevent UTI caused by E. Coli. With rising E. Coli resistance to the drug, we have to wonder if the antibiotics used to maintain the health of animals are responsible for the drug resistance doctors have been seeing in humans. I think society should stand up and demand information regarding the food we consume; if we don’t take personal responsibility, we will face the harmful consequences.

  3. Michael Miliano permalink

    It is quite shocking to see how the poultry industry is trying to cover up these malpractices. While I do think it is funny that there are actual organizations such as the The National Turkey Federation and the Poultry Science Association it is frankly disgusting to see what these associations are trying to cover up. After eating so much turkey on Thanksgiving a few days ago, it is rather unappealing to imagine how the birds have built up immune-resistances to diseases such as salmonella, and E coli. This seems to be a growing problem in todays society. As the National Turkey Federation demonstrates, they are not willing to disclose what exactly they are putting in their animals. Therefore, we do not know what we are putting in our bodies and how it affects us.

  4. After all these years I’m starting to realize why no antibiotics work for me. But actually. Immunity to antibiotics and drug-immune bacteria are less than ideal, especially if these were to spread nation or world-wide. Ok, sure that’s quite the drastic jump, but it is one that should be considered.If the birds I’m about to eat are potentially immune to salmonella and E. coli then let me know- let me decide if i want to eat it (I don’t). It’s disturbing to think that a lot of what we eat could be contaminated, and without our knowing it. This leads back to the article about giving food letter grades. The grade should include what the animals have been injected with.

  5. Forgot to add an easy solution to not eating turkey- chinese food.

  6. Phil Ubriaco permalink

    Carbon footprints are a huge problem for the environment, but how can we reduce these emissions in today’s world? This goes back to our group activity, where our idea was to set a limit on the miles certain foods could travel before being sold. However different foods from various locations in different seasons could cause mayhem for some consumers. Imagine having to travel to North Carolina for a Florida Orange because Massachusetts is too far to ship them to. Obviously there are other ways to get fresh oranges, mainly to start growing them but how practical is this idea for today’s average American (who most likely lives in an urban area)? Although we have identified the problem with carbon footprints, is there a plausible, possible solution without putting a garden in the dorm room?

  7. This should not come to us as a surprise, seeing as our food industry is famous for being so unhealthy today. As these farmers are trying to save their turkeys, humans are being harmed. I think that clearly if these companies do not want to tell society what antibiotics or other drugs are being put into these animals, then something is wrong. It sounds so unhealthy for humans to be consuming drugs they are unaware of. The FDA needs to intervene at some point, it soon could become a huge health issue. I think this article is another example of how our society should probably stay away from eating meat for a while.

  8. Ashley Leonard permalink

    I find it interesting that the last two sentences of the article confirm that people are at low risk of getting sick as a result of antibiotic-resistant bacteria showing up in our meat. While clearly this is a concern that should be on everyone’s mind when consuming meat, I feel that the final concern is always about us, the consumer, rather than the well-being and rights of the animal. So does the fact that we most likely will not be affected by the use of antibiotics in turkeys justify such use? I also found it very disturbing that the government does not collect any data regarding the antibiotic sales or use on animals. Such hidden knowledge is a strong “red flag” I believe, with the truth having the potential to turn consumers away and/or act against. This article reminded me of the images we saw in Food, Inc. of the meat industries not wanting their consumers to know the truth of what goes on behind the production of the meat, because if we knew, we wouldn’t want to eat it.

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