Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY), who in another life was a microbiologist, has introduced a bill to ban the use of seven classes of antibiotics in the production of food animals except for therapeutic use.
There has not been a new antibiotic since 2003 and the widespread use of these products is setting us up for serious resistance to those that are available. The scientific community is well aware that these substances permeate our food and water.
This has been proposed before but always gets defeated. I think most of us on this forum can agree that this is another bill that needs our attention.
Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act
I have the radio on and a few minutes ago the New Orleans station WWL said that the Russians are refusing more chicken from the Sanderson Farms in Hammond, LA because they found drug residues.
Russia has been a big customer for chicken producers in the Southeast since the end of the cold war. Sanderson Farms is one of the largest producers in the US and is often found in the grocery stores. There are thousands of jobs on the line. Right here at the Port of Pascagoula, MS, there are lots of jobs involved in loading out a steady stream of ships taking MS. chicken to Russia.
There has been a lot of news in recent years about various countries refusing/banning our meat and other agricultural products due to one problem or another related to concern for their public health. Why is it good enough for us and not the rest of the world? It seems that PAMPTA is waaaay past due.
And instead of rethinking the use of OGM products and hormones and antibiotics in foods, the US is upping the tariffs on Rocquefort cheese to teach those Frenchies a lesson. What's wrong with this picture?
There so much wrong with this picture that it's painful to think about.
We all need to pick up our phones and pens and let our representatives know that we want clean, quality food, raised without antibiotics and hormones - not just knee jerk reactions to the latest contamination incident. Antibiotics are supposed to be a last resort to help an acute infectious illness, not a routine supplement.
I want my plant crops raised in such a way that the growers and harvesters can walk through the field at any time without risk of chemical poisoning and I can eat the food without ingesting chemicals - and I don't mean "allowable" limits of chemicals either.
If enough people speak out, things will change.