For us who grew up eating meat from small and large animals grazing or fed with organic feeds, it was a blessing, indeed, though in the later stages we had been buying and eating meat from fattened animals. But, it is not much of a worry anymore as we are heading already towards the sunset years of our lives.
The same cannot be said of the generation who were born when piggeries, cattle and other livestock feedlots where flourishing to fatten the animals, thus making it a profitable business when sold in the market.
The fattening method obviously is where the feeds are being spiked up not only with minerals and vitamins, but with antibiotics, too.
Antibiotics have been allowed to be used for decades now because it was proven to cause animals to gain weight, producing more meat even at an early age. In addition to this inherent benefit of antibiotics, the latter also serve the purpose of limiting the infection among animals as they are being raised.
The problem with antibiotics, however, according to researchers, is that when used in healthy animals meant for food, it reduces the ability to treat infections in humans, which could raise potential health issues.
The study showed that children under 5 are more vulnerable to such infections because of their immature immune systems. Data shows the incidence of drug-resistant bacterial infection is highest among them.
Antibiotic resistant infections, such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, are becoming more dangerous because fewer drugs are effective against them. At least two million people per year are infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and 23,000 people die each year as a result of reduced efficacy of the drugs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Antibiotic resistance is becoming a bigger and bigger problem, both in kids and adults, so much so that some infections are becoming difficult, if not impossible to treat,” Dr. David Haslam, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.