Are there antibiotics in my food?
No, there will never be any antibiotics in your food, regardless of whether the animal was given antibiotics or not during their lifetime.
Antibiotics are a necessary part of livestock production. Producers want what is best for their animals, so when they get sick, even though they try their best to prevent it, medicine is needed to get the animal healthy again.
Farmers are required to follow strict withdrawal times that keep any treated animal from entering the food chain. For extra caution, meat and milk is tested at the plant for any presence of antibiotics as well.
So, rest assured that the food you buy in the store is safe, and the people who put it there made sure of it!
What do all the labels mean?
Here’s some tips to help you wade through some of the labels in your grocery store…
Natural: Not approved by the FDA, no set guidelines for it’s use.
Hormone Free: All animals have hormones, just like you and I. Also, species like poultry and swine are not allowed to supplement hormones, so this label is mostly used for marketing.
Antibiotic Free: All meat is antibiotic free, so again, this is marketing.
Organic: This label signifies that the farmer is “certified organic” and is allowed to label their product as such. If you see something advertised as “organic”, but the seller is not certified, then it is not truly allowed to be sold as organic.
To learn more, visit: http://www.gcbl.org/live/food/healthy-diet/what-do-food-labels-really-mean
Are GMO’s safe?
Yes, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) are very safe for you and your family. Despite their more persistent attention within recent years, GMO’s have actually been around for a while.
One of the first GMO’s was insulin, and there have been many more medical breakthroughs since then.
Today, GMO’s help us decrease pesticide and herbicide usage, and also help us increase sustainability. Some crops are now more drought tolerant, which has proven to be helpful in places where water is hard to come by. Some crops can also fight off common diseases, which decreases the amount of herbicides needed.
In a world where farm land is harder and harder to come by, GMO’s are crucial to feeding our growing population. GMO’s can better preserve our land, so that it will be here for generations to come.
What are “Factory Farms?”
“Factory Farm” has become a term that most people consider negative, but the problem is that it describes very very few, if any, of our farmers in the U.S.
A “Factory Farm” is one that most people see as large and machine-like, they don’t really care about the well-being of their animals, and they enjoy their view of the farm from high on the hill while raking in the profits.
This picture is easy for some to jump on board with thanks to companies such as Chipotle, but it’s far from the truth.
Truth is, 99% of the farms in the U.S. are family owned according to a recent USDA study. These farms (and those that aren’t family owned) truly care for and respect their animals, because if they didn’t they wouldn’t have much of a farm.
Also, the view on these “Factory Farms” seems to be that farmers make pretty hefty profits. While some farmers may do better than others, I think it is safe to say that many farmers farm for the love of the lifestyle, not the bank-breaking profits.
To read the study, visit: USDA