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Factory Farming Could Lead Us to ‘Antibiotic Apocalypse’

With record use of antibiotics on factory farms occurring around the world, a new alarm has arisen, warning of an “antibiotic apocalypse,” which is causing 50,000 people in Europe and the U.S. to die every year from infections that antibiotics have lost the power to treat, the Canary reports. This is a dire situation that hasn’t eased at all, even though the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other health associations have called for a ban of antibiotics for farm use.

As pointed out by the Canary, a ban would certainly help, but the root problem is actually the factory farms — concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), which are an inherently flawed industrialized animal farming methods. The truth is 95 percent of U.S. red meat comes from CAFOs, with four multi-billion-dollar transnational companies — Tyson, JBS, Cargill and Smithfield — producing about 85 percent of the factory farm meat in the U.S.

It’s time to boycott these companies and all CAFO foods. Meat (along with eggs and dairy products) from factory farms is literally killing people with diet-related diseases. Factory farms are a disaster, not only for the animals, but also for the communities where manure and chemical fertilizers and pesticides pollute the air, the soil, streams, lakes, rivers and drinking water.

Speak with your wallet and save yourself from CAFO-related diseases. I believe the movement toward sustainable food and ethical meat is very important, both in terms of human health and animal welfare. Eat only organic, grass-fed, and finished meat that is humanely raised and butchered, along with whole, organic fresh fruits and vegetables.
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