Our state has been a leader in many areas of political change across the nation. Today, over 80 percent of antibiotics used in our nation are administered to livestock in order to compensate for filthy conditions, or in dosages not meant to treat infections but to illicit weight-gain before slaughter. The alarming increase of antibiotic-resistant strains of staph and MRSA as well as associated death rates should make us pause and reevaluate the appropriate use of pharmaceuticals in our food system.
We should be writing our state officials demanding the ban of their usage on factory farms before these infections become commonplace – encouraging better (more sanitary) living conditions for animals that are conducive to both the health of the land and that of the consumer. If we as citizens are content to sit on the sidelines then we’re all complicit in this gross misuse of valuable resources. Let’s take a stand at home.