Here is the silver lining of this appalling state of affair: how about considering the damning conclusion of the report as an extra nail in the coffin of the meat industry? Not that the government is likely to take any significant action in a timely manner (after all, Staph is not among the four types of drug-resistant bacteria that the USDA routinely surveys retail meat and poultry for).
To be sure, consumers are not going to desert fast-food joints and the innumerable sources of cheap meat en masse overnight. However, each of us retains the power to “vote” with our dollars. Let’s boycott the damn food and be loud about it! Equipped with the new piece of evidence offered by TGen, let’s educate and embarrass restaurant and supermarket managers into reevaluating how they source their meat. Now, they surely would want to avoid losing business or being subjected to litigation, now would they?
For those of us who are not quite ready for radical action, quiet vegetarianism is an obvious option. And if we’re not prepared to forego meat, the good news is that healthy alternatives do exist: at a minimum, check the labels for the “no antibiotics” seal; even better, favor “organic” (which officially guarantees the absence of antibiotics), or even “pasture-raised” meat. Sure, it is more expensive. Which is as it should be: the price premium factors in the extra-cost of farming practices that leave planet and people unharmed. And truly, we don’t need as much meat as we’ve become accustomed to consuming anyway.