Is modern factory farming breeding a global health crisis?  

your say January 27, 2018 01:00

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Re: “A realist bites back at the Movement to Shame Carnivores”, Have Your Say, yesterday.

Dr Frank might like to add these words to his vocabulary:  Staphylococcus aureus,  norovirus, E coli, Salmonella, Campylobacter and Listeria. Bad meat is a common cause of food poisoning. In recent days in the UK steak has mysteriously disappeared from the menu of a well-known pub chain, although assurances were quickly made that it was safe.

Anyone who has worked in food processing knows meat is something that easily contaminates. Great care has to be taken in its handling. Concerns about meat eating are nothing new. Few people exist largely on meat alone. Henry VIII was reportedly one such person, and with a 137cm (54 inch) waist he was no lightweight, suffering also from numerous ailments, probably including gout, diabetes and high blood pressure. Vegetables were then considered “peasant food” and weren’t used very much at his court. This led to diseases like scurvy even among wealthy and well-fed aristocrats.

Today, in our modern age of factory farming, antibiotics are routinely fed to livestock, poultry and fish on industrial farms to promote faster growth and to compensate for the unsanitary conditions in which they are raised. The widespread use of antibiotics has led to the development of antibiotic resistant bacterial strains leading to wider health concerns.

Ian Martin