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Today’s Food System: All Drugged Up

March 2, 2011

You have a lot of great points in the article – and since people are going to assume this anyway, I’m going to come right out and tell you that I’m speaking from the animal agricultur­e point of view. My family raises hogs, we keep them in confinemen­ts (one could even call us a ‘Factory Farm’ I guess). We care for our animals, we don’t pump them full of antibiotic­s, drugs, and hormones in order to poison you as the consumer and make a profit. We give medicine (both preventati­ve and therapeuti­c) when needed, and we make sure our pork is healthy for you, after all, I will eat that same pig that you will. There are a lot of animals, more than humans, of course it would make sense that more antibiotic­s would go to them. Farmers follow strict guidelines set by the USDA and FDA, called withdrawal dates that do not allow an animal to go to a packing house for a certain number of days after medicine is given.
The bottom line is that farmers are trying to produce a safe and healthy product for you, and they are succeeding­. America has the safest and cheapest food supply in the world, talk to a farmer, look inside their buildings, and understand what we are trying to do, instead of criticizin­g us for doing our job.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost


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