Wall Street’s reckless “profits over people” ethos is part of the reason antibiotics are becoming less effective against infectious diseases.
It’s also the reason a record number of U.S. children died during the 2017-2018 flu season.
The widespread use of preventative antibiotics on livestock by big corporate farms is giving rise to antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria. Like the ever evolving and morphing flu bug, which claimed 80,000 lives the last flu season. Including a record 180 American kids.
It was the worst U.S. influenza season in decades, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday.
Normally, the flu kills 12,000 to 56,000 Americans a year and puts between 250,000 and 700,000 of us into the hospital. The number of people killed by the flu bug last season was more than 40 percent higher, and we can expect more of the same.
So long as factory farms are allowed to abuse antibiotics more Americans are going to die needlessly from the flu and other bacteria-related and viral illnesses. There’s also a very good chance we’ll spark a global pandemic
Why doesn’t the government do something about it?
Wall Street multinationals own our government now and they don’t give a fuck about the masses.
They’ve convinced many gullible voters that global warming is not real and we face a choice between over-regulation and no regulation. Instead, of effective or ineffective government regulation.
Forcing factory farms to reduce livestock density and reserve antibiotics for use on sick animals would qualify as “effective regulation.”
Sadly, it’s not going to happen in a world where Washington, D.C., routinely pays the politically powerful farm lobby billions of dollars in needless subsidies. For everything from not planting less productive farmland to planting record corn crops that pollute our waterways for use in ethanol production.
Why does the world’s foremost oil producer need ethanol as it brings new solar arrays and wind farms online?
It doesn’t, but Midwest farmers get a kick out of playing Ethanol Sheikh.
Instead of treating sick animals with antibiotics, our factory farms treat all animals. Because it’s easier, less labor intensive, and more profitable than sorting them out.
This practice creates a resource rich environment for the handful of genetic superbugs by wiping out the less hardy and less harmful bacteria competing with them for food and living space inside our bodies and those of cattle, hogs and other livestock.
Attacking bacteria proactively has the same impact on the survivors as wiping out the weeds in your yard. It frees resources the surviving organisms can use to flourish.
However, unlike grass, antibiotic resistant bacteria are not desirable. That’s why antibiotics should be saved for ill animals. Instead of proactively used on healthy livestock.
How long before a global pandemic kills off hundreds of millions of people as a consequence of this greedy and terminally stupid practice?
Any day now.
The good news is that there will always be a supply of lesser used antibiotics, which bacteria have not become not resistant to, for the use of the world’s super wealthy.
Because it’s only right the world’s modern day royals – self appointed – should survive the plagues their reckless greed visits upon the rest of humanity.
Don’t ya think?
I know I do.
It’s crucial that the Chelsea Clintons, Jenna Hager Bushes, Tucker Carlsons and Ivanka Trumps live on to ensure a steady supply of clueless silver spoons.
What can you do to stop this madness?
Stop reading The Cynical Times.
Ignorance is bliss, and there’s nothing here but painful truths.
You’d probably be a lot happier if you just swallowed the Kool-Aid being spewed by our modern day royals and the mainstream news media. Like the one about Donald Trump being a stable genius.
How about the idea that higher CEO wages are good but higher wages for workers cause inflation?
Or the one about robots and automation creating jobs?
Or my personal favorite about U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) costing Crooked Hillary the 2016 presidential election?
Never mind that Bernie wasn’t a candidate in the 2016 general election. he was a candidate in the Democratic primary.
What say we just go along with whatever comforting lie makes rich people feel good about themselves.