Friday, January 09, 2009

Oh hell, pass the Pop-Tarts, please

Worried about Antibiotics in Your Beef? Vegetables May Be No Better.
Today, close to 70 percent of all antibiotics and related drugs used in the United States are routinely fed to cattle, pigs and poultry, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. Although this practice sustains a growing demand for meat, it also generates public health fears associated with the expanding presence of antibiotics in the food chain.

People have long been exposed to antibiotics in meat and milk. Now, the new research shows that they also may be ingesting them from vegetables, perhaps even ones grown on organic farms.

3 comments:

Lisa Creech Bledsoe said...

Um, I think all the Bad Stuff is in Pop Tarts, too. However, I am here to report that expensive chocolate truffles and lovely French champagne are totally crap-free, and therefore I am starting my new diet today. Hah!

libby said...

if you really want to get freaked out, read 'the omnivore's dilemma' by michael pollan. unless you buy food from a truly holistic farm, everything you eat is pretty much tainted with crap. literally.

Lisa B. said...

Yeah, I read that back when it came out. But the antibiotic part is new to me ...