Monday, February 15, 2010
This article from the St. Louis Post Dispatch has greatly irritated me. It basically states that farmers should plant "grassy buffers (to) help protect soil, water and humans from animal antibiotics". Scientists have noted that 30 to 80 percent of an antibiotic given to an animals ends up as waste. These antibiotics find their way into the soil and water tables. Thus, we (humans) are exposed to increasing numbers of them which, in turn, make our antibiotics less effective. Never mind just the general awfulness of ingesting a never ending stream of antibiotics in our system. Now scientist are feeling extra clever because they have discovered that by planting these grassy buffers, they help dissipate the drugs in the soil. Sure, it is great that they have realized (again) how wonderful plants are, but wouldn't it by a whole lot more effective and healthy just to institute better farm practices? Perhaps we should look more into sustainable, non-CAFO cattle production? This used to be the norm and, I don't believe, there were any worries about antibiotics in the soil. Perhaps the simplest solution is the best one.