Organic Prairie was delighted to hear that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took a step recently toward acknowledging what organic farmers have known all along:
The routine use of antibiotics on animals that aren’t even sick is not good for animals or the humans who consume meat products. Why is it bad for humans? Because this practice in the wider food industry has led to antibiotic resistance in the same bugs that can cause disease in humans. Some of the antibiotics used routinely in animal agriculture then are no longer useful to treat disease in humans that are caused by antibiotic-resistant bugs. The science has been in on this for many years. Why is it bad for animals? Because producers over-dose animals with antibiotics to make up for the fact that the animals are raised in over-crowded, mechanized, and often unsanitary facilities.
Now what we’d really love to hear is that the FDA has actually banned the practice instead of merely suggesting that it might not be a good idea. But taking even a baby step is still a good thing. Fortunately, consumers have an alternative to drug-filled meat. Certified Organic.
About Organic Prairie
Organic Prairie produces a full range of delicious, high quality organic meats, sourced from the same farmers who produce for Organic Valley. Pioneers in the organic meat industry since 1996, Organic Prairie farmers raise their animals without the use of antibiotics, synthetic hormones, or GMO feed. Organic Prairie was the first in the industry to ban animal by-products from cattle’s diet and the brand’s leaders played a vital role in shaping federal organic meat certification standards.