Monday, March 31, 2003

Will the negative rhetoric stop?

Just two days ago on Loos Lips I was talking about the perception of hormones used in livestock agriculture. Today in the Orlando Sentinel another attack on the misuse of antibiotics and hormones. Livestock producers only use the minimal amount needed. Then the statement below about NCBA “siding with drug makers” is ridiculous. NCBA is concerned with its members and the HEALTH of the beef industry, not the profits of drug manufactures. We have market demand for both types of meat in this country, but we must be very careful not to fuel the divide and conquer strategies from the external groups. Click here to read the entire story below are the hightlights..

The Animal Health Institute, a trade group for the makers of animal drugs, worries consumers may think the labels for antibiotics and hormones mean that meat produced without them is safer than other meat.

"You can't use a claim to leave the impression that another product that's not making the same claim is not safe," spokesman Ronald B. Phillips said.

Conventional farmers feed animals antibiotics and hormones, one reason the National Cattlemen's Beef Association sides with the drug makers.

"A healthy animal is a safe animal. That's why from time to time that antibiotics are used because we don't want sick kids and we don't want sick cattle," said Bryan Dierlam, director of legislative affairs for the association.

United we stand

I love it, with all the technology we have in this world today, we will win the war in Iraq with the high tech assistance of animals. Most of you probably already now, dolphins are uprooting water mines and this report tells how pigeons are protecting our soldiers from chemical attack. Some things don’t get better with time and human and animals continue to work together. Click to read entire report but I have including just a bit here.

A week into the invasion of Iraq and news networks are beaming home images of American and British soldiers donning gas masks and body suits to protect themselves from potential chemical weapons attack.
The troops have practiced the drills, and are carrying the best high-tech chemical detectors an army can buy. The US marines even have a brand new piece of kit: pigeons, which act like canaries in a 19th-century coal mine. The birds are so sensitive to nerve agents such as sarin and VX that they fall ill at a whiff of danger.

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