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    Posted: April 01 2019 at 4:54pm
Plant Based News: BBC Uncovers 'Hidden Mountain Of Drugs' Used On UK Chicken Farms.
https://www.plantbasednews.org/post/bbc-uncovers-drugs-uk-chicken-farms
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I know doctors over-perscribe, but that is really not the main problem. Compared to the hurricane of farming, they are a "fart in a colander" - and a small, innocuous fart at that.

The "efficient" and cost-effective farming methods confine the stock into unnaturally close contact and feed them the cheapest muck. So they sicken easily and need regular medication. Worse, the antibiotics themselves boost growth and make a larger end-product. BSE (mad cow disease) came about when ground-up animal waste was fed to cows. The gardiner's description of this is composting with gound elder. We were begging for a problem to arise. We still are. Why do you think US chickens are washed with chlorinated water? Because they are so bug-riddled. Not because they taste better after the poison is added.

I live in a rural area, where antibiotics are freely available to farmers for livestock - with a specialist farm supply shop within 15 miles of where I live. There may be many more I have not discovered yet and Britain is nowhere near as culpable as some other countries like China.

Our food production methods are an odds-on favourite to be our nemesis. Cheap meat is a potential road to extinction.
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Absolutely right, Techno. it won't be too long before we bitterly regret abusing antibiotics. Ask older relatives about blood poisoning and they'll probably all have stories of losing people to sepsis brought on by a scratch or infection that went systemic and spread unchecked. That's what awaits us if we don't wise up (spoiler alert - we won't). The golden age of antibiotics is comng to an end, and we have little in the way of new drugs coming down the pipeline. Learn to pre-emptively treat infections and wounds because that could save your life, or that of a loved one. We're already seeing some truly scary bugs that are starting to beat the best we have in our arsenal like VRE, vancomycin resistant MRSA, multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB, C-difficile, etc.

https://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/biggest_threats.html

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