Scientists took lettuce, corn, and potatoes and grew them using soil treated with hog manure that had the commonly used livestock antibiotic Sulfamethazine in it. All three plants uptook the Sulfamethazine. You know what that means: mmmmm… Wait, no, I think I meant yuk. With 9-13 million kg of livestock antibiotic used every year and the increasing use of the manure to treat crops, the risk of more antibiotic resistant bacteria goes up. The funny thing about the antibiotics and livestock is that it does nothing for the consumer (except shave a few cents of the sale price). If anything, it’s harmful. Yet we continue to do business that way. Why? Mostly because people will continue to buy it.
Instead of labels telling me when things aren’t made with bad practices, I’d like to see labels required that tell me everything that was done (This meat comes from cows treated with antibiotics and packaged in carbon monoxide to keep the beef a red color regardless of age). Truth in advertising. I’d like to see how long that meat would be the primary seller in the market.
PS Safeway no longer uses carbon monoxide as of last month. This wasn’t exactly voluntary but it’s nice to see.