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Over 650,000 Meals in Hospitals Will Now Be Served Without Antibiotic-Infested Meat Due to Super-Bugs

Christina Sarich
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June 8th, 2013
Updated 05/07/2014 at 10:15 pm
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hospital meal 263x164 Over 650,000 Meals in Hospitals Will Now Be Served Without Antibiotic Infested Meat Due to Super BugsDue to a precedent-setting move by the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center and a recent almost-unanimous vote by the Academic Senate of the university, over 650,000 meals served to hospital patients each year will now be free of meat that has been treated with antibiotics.

“There is overwhelming scientific consensus that overuse of antibiotics in livestock is a health hazard to people,” remarked Dr. Thomas Newman, a member of the Senate.

Livestock are often fed everything from penicillin to macrolide to ensure their health, but often to the detriment of the people who consume their meat. Ranchers and farmers discovered several decades ago that feeding their livestock just small doses of these antibiotics could fatten them up for market, and bring in larger profits. This practice isn’t often publicized, so many people are unaware of the practice. A doctor who has studied this subject Stuart B. Levy, M.D., estimates that there are 15-17 million pounds of antibiotics used sub-therapeutically in the United States each year.

What happens when humans eat antibiotic-infused meat, is that certain bacteria in the animal becomes resistant to the antibiotic and grows stronger. We consume those unsavory bacteria and can become very ill, and then trying to treat us with antibiotics becomes impossible. This situation is much like the super-weeds that are growing due to the over-use of Monsanto’s GMO poison, Roundup, the good bacteria cannot over-run the bad. We then create super-bugs that are resistant to any type of treatment.

Opposing this argument is Dr. Margaret Mellon, with the Union of Concerned Scientists, “There is no evidence that antibiotic resistance is not a problem, but there is insufficient evidence as to how big a problem it is.” If this were true, why did methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) get a foothold in the 1960s ? The overuse of antibiotics in general has already caused several cases of superbugs.

It is no surprise that hospitals are interested in changing their meat procurement practices, since the primary means of treating an ill person in the hospital is either through surgery or pharmaceutical drugs, but what does this issue of Super Bugs have in common with Super Weeds? It seems quite obvious that messing with Mother Nature results in some pretty fantastic tragedy for the human race.

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  • Rum Raisin

    It's a nice idea and a step in the right direction, but unless everyone gets the tainted meat out of their diets, I don't see the justification unless it's based only on philosophy and doing the right thing based on common sense. But do they really think serving this meat will effect their treatments? The average American patient is already eating the factory meat when they arrive at the hospital. Then the patient gets out of the hospital and go right back to their regular diet of poisoned factory meat. I don't see the point unless it's a way for hospitals to jack up their costs and blame the meat! I think a better solution would be to get behind a world-wide campaign to ban antibiotic/chemically-laced meat from factory farms along with being a role model in hospital dietary changes.

  • Ethyl

    Oooooopppsssssieeee! I forgot! Wait till the beef and chicken industry get a hold of this! They'll be taking it straight to Congress, and making them pass laws that hospitals MUST serve their factory meat!

  • Ethyl

    I wonder how they're going to find meat not contaminated by antibiotics, in that amount, that fast? Most of the meat for sale everywhere is from factory farms? Are they going to buy their meat at the health food stores? It sounds good on paper, for sure!

    Are they still going to be feeding their patients sugar (made from GMO sugar beets of course) which shuts down their patients immune systems?

    I think they have a bit more homework to do!