In response to Troy Ott’s letter (“Antibiotics safe in animals” CDT, Sept. 3) referring to the use of antibiotics in food being safe and beneficial to us as well as the animals, I present to you a story that just broke Wednesday. Perdue Farms, the nation’s third-largest producer of chicken, just announced it would drastically reduce the use of antibiotics in its chicken and has ditched the common practice of injecting antibiotics into eggs in all 15 hatcheries.
While I believe Ott’s letter was well intended, its just another example of the broad-based view of the “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality that we have concerning food and food growing practices.
Personally, I applaud a huge factory farm such as Perdue for changing its practice of using antibiotics in its products. Do you really think they would make such a costly switch to its operation if there wasn’t long-term health benefits to its products and, more importantly, its consumers?
I leave you with this phrase: Try organic food, or as your grandparents called it, “food.”