Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Chickens and Super Bugs

Another reason to challenge capitalist factory farming and the use of antibiotics as growth hormones , whose only purpose is to increase the profitability and surplus value of the end product. They result in superbugs.

Poultry consumption a risk factor for antibiotic resistance in humans
Antibiotic use as a livestock growth promoter increases the risk of human antibiotic resistance, a Marshfield Clinic researcher and his colleagues have found.

"We need to have drugs to treat sick animals but we should not be using antibiotics to promote growth."

"We've known for a long time that resistant bacteria can be found on retail poultry products, but our study is one of the first to show an association between human carriage of antibiotic resistance genes and eating poultry or handling raw poultry. "

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