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  1. The danger coming from America's farms

    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.

  2. From the farm to the kitchen

    Pig poop is making you sick -- and you don't have to set foot on a farm or eat a single slice of pork to suffer a deadly infection.

    Factory farms have already succeeded in breeding the ultimate in drug-resistant superbugs, thanks to the extensive overuse of antibiotics in livestock.

    Now, they're also perfecting the ultimate delivery system.

    Scientists have found that flies -- common enough on any farm -- can pick up bacteria from animal waste... then fly off, possibly right into your kitchen around dinnertime.

    A quick stop on your plate, and next thing you know you're in a battle for your life, and you'll probably never even know why.

    OK, I know some of you are breathing a sigh of relief here.

    "There isn't a farm within 100 miles of me," you're probably thinking.

    But you don't have to live within a fly's flight of a farm to get sick -- because those superbug factories are also home to the world's greatest hitchhikers: cockroaches.

    In the same study in BMC Microbiology, scientists found that roaches -- and you know how much they love playing in poo -- can also pick up those same bacteria, then hop aboard a delivery truck, shipping crate or just hitch a ride out with a factory worker.

    Together, these flies and roaches are practically weapons -- flying, crawling, weapons loaded with drug-resistant poo bacteria and headed right for your home.

    It just doesn't get any more disgusting than that -- except for that bit earlier about eating poop.

    So what's the solution? Obviously ban antibiotics for livestock since that's the only way to halt the creation of superbugs on factory farms... but since this was a government-funded study, the researchers instead said farms should get rid of flies and roaches.

    At the same time, the researchers admitted that would be "impossible."

    I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried.

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