“A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.”
- Leo Tolstoy
We’ve all had days where we ate something that didn’t make us feel well. The phrase “something didn’t agree with me” has been part of our collective vernacular since we can remember.
Lucky for us, we have a choice in what we choose to put in our bodies. Cows, pigs, chickens, and other farm animals are not as fortunate – they have to eat what is offered to them.
What gets scooped up from the factory floor and into the feed bins is gross and harmful enough, so for today let’s just focus on something that, from the outset, seems harmless at first.
Turns out, much of these GMO crops never make it to our dinner table. According to the first study “…the truth is that in the United States (the world’s foremost GMO producer and consumer) and in other major GMO producing countries, an overwhelming majority of the GMO crop is not even consumed directly by humans. In the U.S., livestock has been fed genetically engineered crops since these crops were first introduced in 1996 and each of the top 6 GMO crops (soy, cotton, corn, canola, sugar beet, and alfalfa) are heavily utilized by the U.S. and global animal feed market.”
So, what’s the problem, you say?
One correlation we can draw from our factory farm animals eating GMO crops is this: An overwhelming percentage of factory-farmed animals are given antibiotics in low doses to promote growth and prevent disease, and more important to note even healthy animals are given these drugs. Add on top of this GMO crops raised to be resistant to fungi, bacteria, viruses, nematodes, and other pathogens, and we have the potential to create more animals that become factories themselves – for even more powerful antibiotic-resistant bacteria than what they are producing today.
What then happens is that the antibiotics that we take when we’re sick stop working, because we have ingested food where these “superbugs” live. Certainly disagreeable.