CAFOs on the highway

Back on February 6 I posted about how the non-therapuetic use of antibiotics in Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) was creating antibiotic resistant microbes that pose a grave human health risk.  Now researchers at Johns Hopkins University have determined that humans are being exposed to these CAFO-originated pathogenic bacteria, merely from sharing highways with poultry transport trucks.

The researchers collected samples taken from inside vehicles that had followed poultry transport truck, with the windows down.  They found the antibiotic resistant bacteria on the door handles, on the surface of a soft drink can inside a vehicle and in air samples from inside the vehicles.  The researchers concluded:  “Results indicate an increase in the number of total aerobic bacteria including both susceptible and drug-resistant enterococci isolated from air and surface samples, and suggest that food animal transport in open crates introduces a novel route of exposure to harmful microorganisms and may disseminate these pathogens into the general environment.”  The full study may be viewed here:  http://www.jiph.org/article/S1876-0341(08)00002-6/abstract

As I’ve pointed out before, the use of antibiotics in animal feed as a growth promotant is not only unnatural and unhealthy, but it also facilitates the creation of antiobiotic resistant bacteria that can be transmitted to humans.  Amazingly, 70% of the antibiotics consumed in the U.S. are in animal feed, where their purpose is to stimulate growth.  This is yet another example of where the Frankenfood industry is taking us, and yet another reason why responsible eaters should find a local source for naturally raised chicken.

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