People often misunderstand healthy lifestyle habits and Frugal Living.
Well, not that I mind, but I have often had to brush away looks that seem like trying to push me inside the earth, just because I say ‘NO’ when it comes to fab food and packed food.
Well, today is the turn of the broiler chicken.
Broiler Chicken – The Quick Growing Livestock
It all started when on a visit to a nearby livestock production unit, I found that along with the feed the chicks were administered with antibiotic.
I asked if it were a one-time dose- but to my shock, I got the answer that –tetracycline was administered in small doses regularly.
And this lead me to google this particular behavior and you would be shocked as to what I found.
Antibiotics in Livestock
Livestock now have begun to be grown in huge farms and runs like an industry. The chick grows to a consumable form within 65 days. A chicken piece you are eating grows from egg to muscled form in just a couple of months, and this, is done with the help of growth hormones and antibiotics.
Yes! Some antibiotics such as tetracycline taken in small doses can give a boost in muscle growth.
This after being found economically beneficial had become a very common practice among broiler farms.
In 2012 World Health Organization has already warned about using the antibiotics to livestock’s and humans are dreadful and has to be minimized.
However, in spite of the warning from the World Health Organization the farmers all over the world inject antibiotics to their livestock so they get healthier and are free from other diseases.
By research it is found that MCR-1 bacteria, which are a mutated bacterial strain which has evolved due to low dosage administration to poultry, move easily between the strains of E – Coli and other bacteria causing many blood, urinary and gut infections.
What Does This Actually Mean to You and Me
Well, when you eat the chicken that is been fed with such feed and anitbiotics, you will be accumulating a lot of these antibiotic (remember the food chain diagram that you learnt in school).
This makes it easy for mutated organism to grow easily in your body – now, can you correlate newer types of fever where the docs are not able to find the culprit. These are grouped under the umbrella of unknown viral infections.
Believe me – the culprit might be some bacteria transferred from your dinner table to your tummy – reaching the E.coli there.
It is found that consumption of antibiotics is more in livestock’s than humans. Human who takes more antibiotics also face the problem of resistant bacteria.
Antibiotics are important to get rid of certain infections and diseases but must be used minimal. Farmers worldwide feed colistin antibiotic for chickens for fattening.
In India because there are very less restrictive laws against such acts, there is no control on the use of antibiotics. The condition is better in US.
Food and Drug Association Program
The Food and Drug Associated initiated a voluntary program in Dec 2013 to stop the overdose of the antibiotics for livestock, wherein not to use on them for making them grow big in size but only minimal to protect them from diseases, but this was not a strict step but entirely depends on the industry to decide to join or not. It was designed mainly to reduce the use of antibiotics on livestock and resistant free illness on humans.
What Should You Do
Well, under the circumstances, all you need to do is go organic – go local.
Yes! You have read it right – buy from local farmers, near your place. This will help not only you consuming healthy food, but also would help the farmer.
Buying frozen meat and broiler meat may look easy and economical; however what you are doing is harming your family. You not only are playing with the immunity but also the hormones of people at home and young children.
By, Menaka Bharathi
About her: Menaka Bharathi a.k.a Simple Indian Mom is basically an Agricultural Microbiologist. She is an Organic Lifestyle Enthusiast and Organic Food Producer who markets it under her own brand –SIM Organics. Mother of two energetic boys she blogs at simpleindianmom and is a Parenting Consultant and conducts online and offline workshops on teaching mindfulness to children and mind-mapping for a better future for children.
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