Another reason why factory farming and subsequent antibiotic injections don't work. If being gored in the leg by a live pig can cause a strain of strep, wouldn't you second guess your decision to ingest conventional meats? Russ Kremer, the farmer interviewed for the article, can also be seen here in a clip from "Fresh, The Movie":
Some individuals are coming to the same conclusion as Kremer - hopefully without the injury part - and taking their findings to lawmakers. The AP writes:
Look at all of Congressman Moran's friends. The immense complexity of which Congressman Moran is referring can largely be alleviated by more transparency in the meat industry, as well as greater scrutiny placed on the relationship between pharmaceutical companies and agribusiness by the media and individuals.
It's unfortunate that so many large companies and politicians still place profit and political clout before their commitment to those who keep them employed. The government exists for a reason, and, sure, the USDA hasn't been as stringent as it could be when it comes to food safety and, in the past, our lawmakers have been slow to act. But, continued improvement of the regulatory process coupled with thoughtful advocacy of and action by our elected officials can only ensure that Americans can both eat food that is safe and trust the their best interests are at heart.
Also, wouldn't it behoove agribusiness companies to do further testing of antibiotics and/or remove them from the food production system to prevent killing off their customer base? Just a thought.