Not eating meat and meat products is something I should have done a long time ago. There has been a lot of media coverage about meat products and how potentially harmful it can be for our health.
Meat can contain bacteria and carcinogens that can remain in the body for years and whilst farmers still continue to use antibiotics, dioxins, hormones and other toxins on their farms, we may continue to have serious health implications. Through the misuse of antibiotics, new strains of “antibiotic-resistant super-bacteria,” have emerged and as a consequence are either less effective or don’t work at all.
Doctors in GP practices, who would normally rely on the use of antibiotics to treat patients, are now finding it hard to continue to treat patients, for these reasons. The use of antibiotics on farms has also been well documented. It is used not only to promote rapid growth in cattle, but also to make sure that they do not succumb to illness or diseases that have been found on British farms.
Pesticides are also present in larger quantities of meat and can be linked to health problems too, such as cancer and birth defects. They are sprayed on crops, fed to farmed animals and then passed on to humans through the food chain. Like dioxins; pesticides also accumulate in the body over time and can make us seriously ill.
Consumers are led to believe that buying organic meat is completely hormone-free, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Around 12% of meat from the US that had been randomly tested by Inspectors from the European Union where hormones are banned, was found to contain hormones and wasn’t “hormone-free.” (PETA 2010).
Reducing our intake of meat and chicken and replacing it with fish or soya products will be absolutely beneficial.