LETTER: Unregulated use of antibiotics in food is dangerous

Monday, July 27, 2009 | 5:08 p.m. CDT; updated 11:58 a.m. CDT, Thursday, July 30, 2009

The unregulated use of antibiotics or any additive is an affront to our common sense and a physical danger to consumers. Many of the insecticides and fungicides are neuro-toxins. I once walked my small dogs in a field that had been recently sprayed for bugs and weeds. My dogs started going into mild seizures within an hour. These sprays are put onto our crops and animals, and we are consuming them daily.

Just yesterday, I attended the documentary, "Food, Inc." at Ragtag Cinema. The movie discussed the legal stranglehold chemical corporations have over the very farmers who are trying to make a living by raising food.

My question would be, Why are the chemical corporations protected and subsidized, while the small farmers are harassed and sent to court or trying to save the seeds that are not genetically mutated? And more.

You ask our personal opinion. In addition, I say, that yesterday, before seeing this movie, I was only a vegetarian. But now, and in the future, I will also only purchase organically grown grains, oatmeal, beans, nuts, fruits, vegetables and milk (from local, grass-fed cows). I will raise my voice when appropriate, and I will write to my Congressmen and Congresswomen.

The best line in the movie, for me, was when the narrator said something along the lines of: the individual does have great power to change the methods of our food production — we vote every time we send an item through the grocery check-out counter.

Even though organic food is sometimes more expensive, I find that by preparing my own food, it is simply not as expensive at the end of the month. I have lost weight; I sleep well, and I have more than enough energy to work and maintain my home — and I am happy. I hope this testimony will encourage others because I know that a change in diet can seem difficult.


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