Tell that to the team of researchers from Denmark, Australia and Canada whose study appears in the September 2011 issue of Foodborne Pathogens and Disease. They conclude:
“Resistance in E. coli isolates from food animals (especially poultry and pigs) was highly correlated with resistance in isolates from humans. This supports the hypothesis that a large proportion of resistant E. coli isolates causing blood stream infections in people may be derived from food sources.”
Factory farming of animals means crowded and unsanitary conditions. Animal health and animal growth are pushed through antibiotics instead of through humane, sustainable practices. Human health is threatened because we cannot assume antibiotics will be effective when diseases strike.
The jury is no longer out. It has reached a verdict. Consumers have choices and can exercise them with every visit to the grocery store.
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