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July 13, 2012

Various special interest press have been reporting on health issues with conventional food production more and more but now even the mainstream news companies have begun to weigh in. ABC News reported that there is a link between the antibiotics that conventionally raised chickens receive as a standard item in their diet and the increasing number of urinary tract infections in women that are not easily controlled. The bacteria (e-coli ) has become resistant to typical antibiotic treatment.

Why are antibiotics a part of conventional chicken farming? Antibiotics have been used since the late 1940s to help offset disease in the overcrowded conditions found in conventional chicken houses.  One unexpected side effect of using antibiotics was that the birds actually grew faster.  With the birds growing faster, they can be processed at a younger age, reducing costs. Those reduced costs, however, are only to the corporations who own the farms, not to the consumers.

When the mainstream news industry begins to report issues like this it is because the public interest has indicated a strong trend that people are concerned.  Please help spread the word that many local farms have free range chickens and local farm food is fresh and safe to eat!!

The Wild Ramp Market in Huntington’s Heritage Station is one of many local food sources around the country that stocks chicken and other foods that have been raised without this kind of chemical involvement. Go to your market and ask about the farming practices used to produce the food you want to eat. Know you farmer!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 13, 2012 1:30 pm

    Fox News Channel just had a piece regarding the labeling of meat, specifically chicken. In the piece, each term used in the industry was defined, then analyzed. Wow, here I had been buying “Natural, cage free and antibiotic free” thinking I was eating a healthier meat. NOT!
    They went through the terms ‘Natural’, ‘Cage free’, Hormone and antibiotic free’, ‘Minimally processed’, ‘Organic’ etc and showed why the industries terms may not mean what we as buyers think they mean.
    I think a post by ‘Wild Ramp’ on all these terms the industry uses might help folks in buying what they think they’re buying. Plus, it will show how purchasing from the local market is a healthier choice 🙂

    • July 13, 2012 1:41 pm

      Part of the news that came out of the standards meeting for the organic industry a week or so ago was how the word “natural” is misleading. I have also been thinking a glossary is a great idea…..start it as a blog post but add it as a page on my blog site.

  2. July 13, 2012 8:25 pm

    I’d love to see you define the terms. I suspected long ago that eating any meat treated with antibiotics could not be a good thing. Glad to see the public catching up. I think beef lost any appeal it ever had for me after seeing a feedlot up close and personal-like….. udderly sickening stench of cattle lying in their own poop. Nasty!

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