Info tour: Greenpeace makes antibiotics visible in cheap meat
The use of antibiotics in animal husbandry poses an enormous health risk for us humans. Resistance is promoted by the mass use of the drugs. If such medications stop working, even small inflammations can become a big risk. The environmental protection organization Greenpeace is now raising awareness of the problem on an info tour.
Antibiotics in meat
In recent years, studies have repeatedly shown that meat contains antibiotics far too often. However, this is neither noted on the packaging, nor can you see that the meat contains medication residues. The environmental protection organization Greenpeace now wants to change that. Since July 21, the experts have been touring 32 German cities and using black light to reveal antibiotic residues in cheap meat.
Millions killed by multi-resistant germs
The increase in resistance to antibiotics presents the healthcare system with an ever increasing challenge. If such medications stop working, even small inflammations can become a big risk.
If the problem is not soon brought under control, researchers face a horror scenario. According to an older study by the Berlin Charité, there could be around ten million deaths from multi-resistant germs by 2050.
The most important point in the fight against antibiotic resistance is to reduce the mass use of such drugs.
Because the excessive use of antibiotics in humans and in animal fattening as well as improper use of the medicines promotes the development of resistance.
Harmful consequences of factory farming
Greenpeace is currently touring with extensive information about the harmful consequences of factory farming in 32 German cities. The environmentalists will stand in front of branches of the cheap meat provider Lidl.
Residues of antibiotics used can be seen under a black light lamp. Passers-by can see for themselves with their own eyes, it says in a message from the organization.
"The carefree use of antibiotics in factory farming is a danger to human health," says Greenpeace agricultural expert Christiane Huxdorff.
“Only better animal husbandry with fewer antibiotics can stop the undesirable development. We need a turn away from cheap meat to fair conditions and fair prices for the producers. ”
Residues detectable in pig bones
According to Greenpeace, around 800 tons of antibiotics are used in German stables each year, which is about as many as in human medicine. The high level of commitment ensures that more and more germs are formed that are resistant to common antibiotics.
Around 25,000 people die each year from the consequences in Europe alone. The problem is so pressing that the World Health Organization is already warning of a "post-antibiotic age" and is calling for a quick and decisive action against increasing resistance.
The residues of some antibiotics can be detected in the pig bones.
Most of the pigs are not kept appropriately
According to Greenpeace, the agricultural industry relies primarily on industrial mass production at the cheapest possible prices. Lidl also attracts customers to its branches with cheap meat offers.
The low price has a massive impact on production standards, as farmers then have less money available for good animal husbandry.
According to a legal opinion commissioned by Greenpeace, over 90 percent of the pigs in Germany are kept illegally and not in an appropriate manner.
Factory farming also causes large quantities of liquid manure, which pollute the groundwater to such an extent that the EU is already suing the Federal Government before the European Court of Justice.
"The consequences of the discount price policy of discounters like Lidl are fatal. This is overexploitation of human health, animals and the environment, ”says Huxdorff. (ad)