Nicholas Kristof wrote a compelling piece for the New York Times today about the rampant overuse of antibiotics in our food supply. I wrote about this issue a few weeks ago at Non-Toxic Kids when sharing about joining the Moms for Antibiotic Awareness.
Now upon reading this piece I am struck by some of Kirstof's comments.
"Every year in the United States,325,000 people are hospitalized because of food-borne illnesses and 5,000 die, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s right: food kills one person every two hours.
Yet while the terrorist attacks of 2001 led us to transform the way we approach national security, the deaths of almost twice as many people annually have still not generated basic food-safety initiatives. We have an industrial farming system that is a marvel for producing cheap food, but its lobbyists block initiatives to make food safer." Read more...