Feds refuse to act on farmyard drugs
The feds are in a tizzy over a lab-created bird flu virus they fear can be weaponized and turned into a super killer, yet they won't say a word about the other "labs" churning out superbugs... America's factory farms.
These places have become the world's most dangerous biological weapons facilities, where the mass overuse of antibiotics is creating a frightening new wave of drug-resistant bacteria.
It's only a matter of time before one of them turns into the world's next great killer -- and when it does, it's going to make the flu scare look like a Disney cartoon.
Now the feds claim they're FINALLY going to limit antibiotics on factory farms, but don't be fooled by the headlines -- because this move is pure window dressing.
The new limits only apply to one class of drugs, the cephalosporins that are supposed to fight salmonella.
Not only is that pathetically too little -- but it comes much too late, because there have been at least five outbreaks of drug-resistant salmonella IN HUMANS in recent years.
Since bacteria don't unlearn drug resistance, that's bad news -- and not just when it comes to salmonella. The cephalosporins are also used to treat pneumonia, urinary infections, skin infections, meningitis, and more.
In case you're wondering, bacteria can pass along resistance traits to each other -- so once one of them learn, the rest catch on.
Even worse, the new rules STILL allow for plenty of cephalosporins on factory farms -- as long as they're used when animals are actually sick, which is pretty much all the time in those festering, overcrowded stinkholes.
And the new rules don't even touch on the gajillions of other antibiotics routinely pumped into the animals on factory farms. In fact, up to 80 percent of all antibiotics used in the nation are given to livestock -- and many of them, like penicillin and tetracycline, are literally put into the feed.
We're running out of time here. For all we know, the next great superbug is already sitting on one of those farms, ready to bust out in the next shipment of hamburger.
And by the time to feds are ready to take real action, it could already be too late.