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  •  I'm not on a jihad against meat eating, (1+ / 0-)
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    but I do think this step in reform should be taken with a grain of salt. In fact, I think I'm more interested because we do eat meat at our house from time to time.

    A lot of producers don't think it's possible to raise cattle without antibiotics. This trend certainly affects factory farms more than any other sort, because they raise dense populations of animals. Big Ag and Big Farm absolutely will pressure law and policy makers to allow them to continue using preventive antibiotics in their herds.

    The nth degree result of rigorous antibiotic limitation is that less meat will be available and it will be much more expensive.

    "Broccoli could take down a government. Broccoli is revolutionary." --Kris Carr

    by rb137 on Thu Dec 12, 2013 at 07:41:18 AM PST

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    •  yes it will be more expensive, and it will cost (3+ / 0-)
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      more to raise it. Meat is inordinately cheap here anyway. Often cheaper than fresh vegetables. It looks though as if we are set on a path of eliminating anti biotics from all but sick animals, and that's a good thing. I can't stand chicken, it's just too sick. And I haven't been eating beef while I still have game in the freezer but I really do like dark meat and the freezer is near empty. I could use a corn finished beef steak.

      “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

      by ban nock on Thu Dec 12, 2013 at 07:51:30 AM PST

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    •  the Europeans (2+ / 0-)
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      manage to raise their meat just fine without routine antibiotics.

      As to cost, shall we factor in the additional cost of antibiotic resistant infections?

      •  I was thinking about (0+ / 0-)

        McDonald's ability to deliver cheap hamburgers without using antibiotics (for example.) The whole business model breaks down when you can't raise cattle shoulder to shoulder anymore.

        "Broccoli could take down a government. Broccoli is revolutionary." --Kris Carr

        by rb137 on Thu Dec 12, 2013 at 09:10:08 AM PST

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    •  What a lot of producers claim to think has no (1+ / 0-)
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      meaning, the fact is that they are not needed, as many different organic producers can demonstrate.

      That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

      by enhydra lutris on Thu Dec 12, 2013 at 10:12:43 AM PST

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