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Bacterial Adaption in Food Animals and Humans

Maryn Mckenna, The Hidden Link Between Farm Animals and Humans, Wired 9th September 2018

Irrefutable Connection

Now a new study, years in the making, goes further than any other to demonstrate that resistant bacteria can move from animals to humans via the meat they become. It also provides a model of how new surveillance systems might reduce that bacterial flow at its source on farms.

It’s just one study, but it possesses outsize significance, because it eliminates the uncertainty at the center of that bacterial flow. Outside of experimental conditions, it’s never been possible to prove that this antibiotic given to that animal gave rise to this bacterium that ended up in that human. But this new work dives so deeply into the genomics of bacterial adaptation in food animals and humans, it proves the link that ag would rather deny.

 

 

 

Through the WI Lens

This is a well researched and informative piece that highlights a study by the American Society for Microbiology that provides evidence: “…that this antibiotic given to that animal gave rise to this bacterium that ended up in that human”

It makes a robust case for both plant based diets, organic meats and/or a notable intervention in the animal rearing process and proves a link that the agricultural industry have tended to deny – that bacterial adaption in food animals and humans exist. Earlier studies lacked evidence that meat strains and human infections were linked, not just in time and location but in movement from animal to person.

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