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What's in that Chicken?

You don't want to know: A new study found evidence suggesting that a class of antibiotics previously banned by the US government for poultry production is still in use. And there are other strange things besides antibiotics in our chicken as well: Poultry on factory farms are routinely fed caffeine, active ingredients in the over-the-counter medicines Tylenol and Benadryl, and even arsenic.

In the April 5th edition of the New York Times, Nicholas D. Kristof quotes researcher Keeve E. Nachman as saying, "We were kind of floored. It's unbelievable what we found."

The most important drugs found in the study were fluoroquinolones, which are broad spectrum antibiotics used to treat serious bacterial infections in people, particularly those infections that have become resistant to older antibiotics. If we ingest too much of them, they may stop working for us too.

The annual US per capita human consumption of poultry products is approximately 100 pounds, greater than that of any other animal or vegetable derived protein source. To satisfy this demand, each year, the poultry industry raises nearly 9 billion broiler chickens and 80 million turkeys, according to the US Department of Agriculture. In order to produce this number of chickens, factory farms find it necessary to medicate their birds.

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No wonder food tastes nothing like it did when I was a child. The agribusinesses are poisoning us all and terrorizing chickens, cows and pigs!!! There is absolutely no reason to pump animals with all of these chemicals except greed, pure greed and we are all paying the price!!

One of the reasons I became a vegetarian 25+ years ago. The info has been out there for a long time and now we are finally giving it notice when we can't deny what it is doing to our health...not to mention all the other "unpleasant" related aspects of factory farming and all the horror that goes with it.

My older sister admitted to ICU last week and is not expected to make it out because of an antibiotic resistant pneumonia. I have little doubt that her meat consumption is a factor :((

Sorry for the dupe, must have hit the wrong key

Another reason I only buy organic free range, speaking of organic I just read that Kasha products are owned by Kellogs and the article goes on to say that some of these big companies who have bought out these organic products are adding chemicals to them, cannot trust anything these days.

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