SUPERBUGS AND THE ULTIMATE ECONOMIC WEAPON: FOOD | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

SUPERBUGS AND THE ULTIMATE ECONOMIC WEAPON: FOOD

SOURCE: CHARLES HUGH SMITH
The food-exporting superpowers are easy to identify.

As my esteemed colleague Michael Snyder chronicled in a recent Zero Hedge post, world agricultural production is under assault from extreme weather and diseases such as African swine fever. Floods & Drought Devastate Crops All Over The Planet; Is A Global Food Crisis Be Coming?

Everyone understands extreme weather is a danger to food production. The overuse of antibiotics is less well understood. As this article explains, most antibiotics are given to livestock, which then become breeding grounds for antibiotic-resistant microbes, which are known as superbugs once they develop immunity to all conventional antibiotics.

Are antibiotics turning livestock into superbug factories?

Almost 80% of all antibiotics in the United States aren’t taken by people. They’re given to cows, pigs, and chickens to make them grow more quickly or as a cheap alternative to keeping them healthy. These drugs could give rise to superbugs—bacteria that can’t be treated with modern medicine—and things are only getting worse. In 2013, more than 131,000 tons of antibiotics were used in food animals worldwide; by 2030, it will be more than 200,000 tons.

Here's the problem with superbugs: you can't kill them with standard-issue antibiotics. They spread like wildfire through monoculture crops and livestock yards and kill with indiscriminate alacrity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the reason, that you need to know how your food is processed, and what has been done to it, in order to build, as much as possible, an antibiotic-free lifestyle.

I know that most moms and dads I know, would rather buy fresh, organic meat, with which to fee their families; some chains have started doing this, at least for a small selection of meats and vegetables; this is starting to happen at both our "big box" store, and the smaller grocery store we patronize.

So please, the next time you are at your favorite store, ask your butcher, and your veggies supervisor, to make more available for you, in terms of organic produce and meat.

Yes, it will be a lot more expensive, which is why you need to learn to use meat as a "seasoning", rather than the full course in your meals. But the opportunities for creating a healthier life for yourself, and your family , will be well worth the cost.

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