October 28, 2009

Eating Animals is Making Us Sick.

Chris Stevens

Chris Stevens

Communications Director

Center for a Livable Future

eatinganimalsbookcoverThere’s an interesting opinion piece on CNN today-“Eating Animals is Making Us Sick”-by Jonathan Safran Foer, author of “Everything is Illuminated” and “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.” It’s a great prelude to his upcoming book–his first nonfiction entry–called “Eating Animals.” The book will be available next week. Foer zooms in on antibiotic resistance and the whopping volume of antibiotics fed to farm animals-17.8 million pounds! He also discusses the link between factory farms and the H1N1 outbreak. “Today, the factory farm-pandemic link couldn’t be more lucid,” he writes. “The primary ancestor of the recent H1N1 swine flu outbreak originated at a hog factory farm in America’s most hog-factory-rich state, North Carolina, and then quickly spread throughout the Americas.”

One Comment

  1. Sad. This is not true. It isn’t eating animals that is making people sick. It is eating antibiotics. Same happens when antibiotics end up in the lettuce and other veggies. Antibiotics are not the only problem either, pesticides, herbicides, petroleum residues are all there too. The solution is to stop feeding antibiotics and all that nasty stuff. They are used to “get big” so support small scale agriculture. Ten million small farms are far better than the 100,000 big farms we have today. Better food. Better security.

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