Last month I wrote about the overuse of antibiotics and when it is appropriate to use these drugs. Since that time, there has been a flurry of news stories about new antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria showing up in hospitals and doctor's offices.
A key thing to appreciate is how much antibiotic medicine goes to the meat industry. The majority of antibiotic use on factory farms is to prevent illness rather than cure a disease.
This article from Ars Technica does a great job outlining how the meat industry is ignoring calls to cut back on these critical drugs.
This is a truly complex issue. There are calls in congress to increase the FDA's ability to regulate the meat industry.
The entire topic has made me re-exam how I am eating. I eat meat. In the past, I have been more conscious of having a regular number of vegetarian meals each week. I am going to recommit and increase that number moving forward.