Letters to the Editor

Factory farm feed harms food chain

As demoralized as I feel concerning our inability to adapt to the contingencies of climate changes, I have stumbled upon an issue that we can actually do something about immediately.

I got involved with the organization Food and Water Watch and we passed a resolution with the city of Olympia that sounds the alarm on the decreasing efficacy of antibiotics for medical use. Although the meat industry itself is a major contributor to climate changes, factory farms are also the source for making antibiotics a medical option of the past.

Eighty percent of antibiotics in the U.S. are used to compensate for stressful, crowded, filthy conditions in factory farms. I encourage all readers to educate themselves about this issue and help Food and Water Watch pass a Thurston County commissioners’ resolution to promote federal action to end the irresponsible uses of antibiotics in livestock.

Over 50 cities in the U.S. have passed resolutions weighing in on this issue. Please contact county commissioners and ask them to step up to the plate to call on our federal representatives to support legislation in Congress to eliminate lacing antibiotics into factory farm animal feed.