Scientists fear drugs fed to livestock may be breeding super-bugs

September 20, 2011WASHINGTON, DC – Drugs fed to animals to promote growth and prevent diseases may play a key role in the emergence of antibiotic resistant bacteria, microbiologists said Sunday. The practice of administering large quantities of antimicrobial drugs “favors the emergence of drug resistant bacteria that can spread to humans through the consumption of contaminated food, from direct contact with animals or by environmental spread,” said Awa Aidara-Kane of the World Health Organization. “In addition, genes encoding for resistance can be transmitted from zoonotic bacteria to human pathogens,” added Aidara-Kane, who leads the WHO Advisory Group on Integrated Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance. She was speaking during the 51st annual Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy meeting this weekend in Chicago. In order to reduce the risk of the emergence and spread of resistant bacteria via the consumption of animal food products, the WHO suggests restricting and even eliminating the use of antibiotics to boost animal growth. The world health body recommends limiting administering to animals the types of antibiotics considered essential to human health, such as fluoroquinolones and the most recent generations of cephalosporins. “We are seeing a significant increase in resistance to third and fourth generation cephalosporins in Salmonella Heidelberg infections in humans,” noted Beth Karp, a senior veterinary epidemiologist with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Between 2008 and 2010 resistance increased from 8 percent to 24 percent. In retail chickens isolates, resistance in Salmonella Heidelberg increase from 17 percent in 2008 to 31 percent in 2009.” The strain is resistant to nearly all antibiotics. Karp also expressed concern about the risk of resistance to cephalosporin antibiotics in other Salmonella serotypes. Nontyphoidal Salmonella is the main cause of food poisoning in the United States and affects about 1.2 million people each year, including 23,000 who are hospitalized and 450 who are killed, according to the CDC. In late May, consumer groups lodged complaints with the Food and Drug Administration denouncing the widespread use of antibiotics in animal feed and urging the agency to do more to halt the practice. –Medical Xpress 
Book quote: “Agribussiness pumps about 20 million pounds of antibiotics into healthy livestock every year…Although no conclusive studies have been done regarding the health risks associated with this chemically-laden fleshly diet on the human immune system; we can’t help but wonder if this medi-dosed meat is a contributing factor to evolving microbial resistance and over-all long-term decline in human immunological health.” –The Extinction Protocol, page 237 (2009 – 2010)
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11 Responses to Scientists fear drugs fed to livestock may be breeding super-bugs

  1. Carol says:

    Watch Food Inc! It’s shocking & sad.


  2. nickk0 says:

    THIS is an issue which makes me angry. 😡 Once upon a time, Farmers did not feel ‘compelled’ to feed antibiotics and growth hormones to animals.
    But that was before modern ‘industrial farming’ techniques, and “no waste farming” took over.

    I guess the way farming WAS done, must have resulted in “lost” profits, huh ??

    – Nick


  3. nanoduck says:

    They have known of this and had the same concern for YEARS! And yet, no one is doing anything about it!


  4. luisport says:

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    Mon, 19 Sep 2011 14:22 CDT
    © UnknownFlorida is used to strange creatures, but the discovery of a non-native animal – a giant snail from East Africa – has got local officials really worried.

    A search-and-destroy advisory that went out included this bit of history: the last time the giant snails were found in Florida (back in 1966) they had multiplied from three to 18,000 in seven years and cost $1 million to eradicate.

    The new population of giant African land snails was found in Miami-Dade County, and several dozen technicians were quickly dispatched to search them out.

    About 1,000 were found Thursday within a one-square-mile radius, the Miami Herald reported. Several hundred were found in one backyard in Coral Gables. How they got there was not immediately known.

    The snails were sent to freezers to be frozen to death.

    Why worry? Besides their intimidating size – up to 8 inches long and 4 inches in diameter – “they consume at least 500 different types of plants, can cause structural damage to plaster and stucco, and can carry a parasitic nematode that can lead to meningitis in humans,” the Florida Department of Agriculture said in a statement Thursday.


  5. DRACO says:

    Well this is nothing new we all know this they just don’t care! The only thing this companies do care about is to make a profit 😦 an as time goes by bugs become immune to new drugs 😦 the become super immune 


  6. K.J. says:

    Much of the current situation has developed because of the proliferation of intensive livestock operations. Animals were never meant to live or be raised in the environments our industries/government have created to maximize output. Thousands of cattle crammed into feedlots, hog barns cranking out thousands of animals, poultry farms and egg producers with birds jammed into tiny little cages or covering the floor of a barn like a feathered carpet due to the density.

    Animals crammed into so areas with a predetermined stocking density number of square feet per beast, close quarters mean rapid transmission of disease or illness. This has precipitated the blanket policies with regards to antibiotics and vaccinations. The quest for maximum gain in short periods of time have of course led to bazaar things like feeding ground up cattle parts to cattle to increase protein content, and ‘feed additives’ and hormone implants are standard procedure.

    Is it any wonder we have arrived at a time when the effectiveness of many drugs has been compromised?

    We need to go back to the old system which revolved around small family farms and the number of animals being raised was sustainable on the land base being used by each producer family. Animals deserve a better quality of life than they are getting with the intensive livestock operations and a more natural stocking density on the land base means less stressed, happy livestock, a huge reduction in transference issues and a massive reduction in the negative environmental impacts we see with the ‘industrial’ farming operations.

    People need to open their eyes and start to give a damn, but most do not care about anything unless it is hitting them in the pocket book or some how negatively impacting them in their own little world.


    • Marshallrn says:

      I am aware of all of this and have recently completely change the food I eat and buy. It’s not easy but the garden in the backyard makes it that much better! And I still feel like I contribute to these mass producing farms some how. Every turn I find or see another way that I unknownly support the individuals that I hate. Yet if I were to stop and just go back to the ways I was I would have NO idea what I was doing or whom I was hurting. Ignorance is bliss until you wake up. I’m in that moment after you wake from a dream that was really good, and all you want to do is just close your eyes and go back to it. But you know you cant and it’s time for reality. No more TV shows and cartoons, no more video games and parties, only corective and sustainible living from here on out. PEACE


  7. Gen says:

    China – 97,000 tons of antibiotics end up in animals.


  8. Yes, a lot of this is done for profit, but then we have to realize that there are 6 billion people that need food on this planet. What might have started out as a good idea has mutated (no pun intended) into a monster. I’ve heard people say that they have gone vegetarian because of this, but there are also the fruits and vegetables that are genetically modified, causing even more problems.

    I was raised on a small farm. We grew and canned our own vegetables and had an orchard with apples and pears. We also had chickens which meant we always had eggs. We had neighbors who raised beef cattle. Our freezer was always full. I sit here sighing as I really miss those days.



    • nanoduck says:

      Yeah, I miss those days too, but it is almost impossible nowadays for an average person to own or manage a farm. Most farms are being bought up by commercial companies, or divided up into parcels for subdivisions. As a result, farmlands are very expensive and out of reach for many people. Plus any sizable land that is priced good are usually so far out in middle of nowhere, away from the city where jobs are. The best thing for most people to do is just to make the best use of the yard space you have, and grow a small garden or at least keep a few chickens for eggs.


  9. Richard says:
    We, as a species, have been for the sake of simplicity, inbreeding everything from corn to cows..
    yes these are sufficient attempts at mass production however without biodiversity we have a near nil chance of survival…
    case in point
    Henry the Ape had a particularly unusual family tree

    Reasoning that Divine Right was carried by Kings in their blood, the Crowned Heads of Europe preferred to marry into one another’s families. If God had appointed them to rule each of their Kingdoms, then it followed that one’s heir would be a more worthy successor if both parents were themselves Royalty. It was supposed that the dilution of Royal blood by marrying commoners weakened Kingly power, prompting God to appoint challenges to the old order, leading to insurrection, chaos and bloodshed. For over 2,000 years, European Royals have been marrying their cousins in order to maintain the purity of the Royal blood and to keep the wealth of nations within the family. One adverse side effect has been to amplify the incidence of haemophilia among Royals, so that before the blood clotting agent Factor 8 was isolated, more than half of European princes died of blood loss before marrying and producing an heir.

    Inbreeding also increased the prevalence of madness among Royalty; already high due to tertiary syphilis being endemic among high society and the aristocracy going back centuries. With so many Kings and Princes failing to reproduce due to murder, war, genetic anomalies, madness and disease, it is fortunate that inbreeding supplies a partial solution as well as contributing to the problem of heirlessness. If a European Monarch dies without an heir, or an occasional horse here and there., aunt or uncle can easily be found among the Royal Family of a neighbouring country to accede to the vacant throne. The only downside of this, of course, is where two or more such cousins have an equal claim to the throne, in which case war is the usual outcome. In recent times, European Kings and Queens have begun marrying commoners in order to bring new blood and genetic diversity into their families.


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