What Factory Farm Meat Is Doing To Your Gut (and Your Mental Health) Hot

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The majority of farmed animals (by some estimates more than 99 percent) raised for food in the US are raised in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).1 In fact, 80 percent of the antibiotics used in the US are used in agriculture.

The food – eggs, dairy, beef, pork, and poultry, for instance – shows up in your supermarket neatly packaged and for reasonable, often low, prices. But the cardboard egg cartons, cellophane wrapped steaks, and chicken breasts do not bear testimony to the true cost of the food.

There are serious moral implications to raising animals as though they are inanimate objects, not worthy of even basic requirements like access to fresh air and sunlight, space to move around and a clean place to sleep.

There are environmental implications, too, as CAFOs continue to pollute our waterways and air with massive quantities of waste. And then there are the health issues. CAFOs are putting public health at risk, all while claiming to offer an efficient way to feed the world.

But while CAFOs have mastered the art of growing profits, they’ve overlooked the basic natural laws that govern growing animals… the end result is a disaster already well into the making.

Reckless Use of Agricultural Antibiotics Has Led to a Crisis of Antibiotic-Resistant Disease

Nearly 25 million pounds of antibiotics are administered to livestock in the US every year for purposes other than treating disease, such as making the animals grow bigger faster.

Those antibiotics, and even worse, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, are transferred to you via meat and even through the animal manure that is used as crop fertilizer.

This is a much bigger issue than antibiotics simply being left behind in your meat; it’s a practice that is promoting the spread of antibiotic-resistant disease. According to Dr. Arjun Srinivasan, associate director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):2

"The more you use an antibiotic, the more you expose a bacteria to an antibiotic, the greater the likelihood that resistance to that antibiotic is going to develop. So the more antibiotics we put into people, we put into the environment, we put into livestock, the more opportunities we create for these bacteria to become resistant."

Low-Dose Antibiotics May Decimate Your Gut Health

Antibiotics are well known to disturb the microflora in your gut, and many studies make it clear that your gut health is pivotal in your ability to be healthy and avoid disease. When it comes to your mental health, your behavior and even your mood, we tend to think that the brain is in charge. In reality, your gut may be calling the shots.

In addition to the brain in your head, embedded in the wall of your gut is your enteric nervous system (ENS), which works both independently of and in conjunction with the brain in your head.

Your ENS contains 500 million neurons and is thought to be largely responsible for your “gut instincts,” responding to environmental threats and sending information to your brain that affects your well-being.

This communication between your “two brains” runs both ways and is the pathway for how foods affect your mood. For example, fatty foods make you feel good because fatty acids are detected by cell receptors in the lining of your gut, which then send warm and fuzzy nerve signals to your brain.

Are Antibiotics in Your Meat Messing with Your Mental Health?

The composition of your microbiome is somewhat like a fingerprint. It’s unique to you but, unlike your fingerprints, highly impressionable and constantly changing. As reported by Scientific American:7

“The ecology of the gut microbiome may trigger or contribute to a variety of diseases, including autoimmune disorders and obesity, research suggests. Factors such as early environment, diet, and antibiotic exposure have a lot to do with why people differ from one another in the composition of their microbiomes.”

Unhealthy gut flora can have a detrimental impact your brain health, leading to issues like anxiety and depression. For instance, women who regularly ate yogurt containing beneficial bacteria had improved brain function compared to those who did not consume probiotics.8 Specifically, they had decreased activity in two brain regions that control central processing of emotion and sensation:

  • The insular cortex (insula), which plays a role in functions typically linked to emotion (including perception, motor control, self-awareness, cognitive functioning, and interpersonal experience) and the regulation of your body's homeostasis
  • The somatosensory cortex, which plays a role in your body's ability to interpret a wide variety of sensations

CAFO Animals Eat Genetically Engineered Feed That May Also Harm Your Gut Health

It’s worth noting that most CAFO animals are fed genetically engineered (GE) feed, like corn and soy. These crops are heavily treated with herbicides like Roundup, the active ingredient of which is glyphosate. Glyphosate is alsopatented as an antibiotic—and a very effective one at that— against a large number of beneficial organisms. 

Unfortunately, like all antibiotics, it also kills vitally important beneficial soil bacteria and human gut bacteria. This is yet one more way that eating CAFO foods may harm your gut, your mental health, and your physical health. Dr. Don Huber explained:

“Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, Enterococcus faecalis—these are organisms that keep you healthy either by providing accessibility to the minerals in your food or producing many of the vitamins that you need for life. They’re also the natural biological defenses to keep Clostridium, Salmonella, and E. coli from developing in your system.”

When you take the good bacteria out, then the bad bacteria fill that void, because there aren’t any voids in nature. We have all of these gut-related problems, whether it’s autism, leaky gut, C. difficile diarrhea, gluten intolerance, or any of the other problems. All of these diseases are an expression of disruption of that intestinal microflora that keeps you healthy.”

The Antibiotics May No Longer Be Working to Make Animals Bigger

In other parts of the world, such as the European Union, adding antibiotics to animal feed to accelerate growth has been banned for years. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been aware of the problem for more than a decade. However, in 2013 they merely asked drug companies to voluntarily restrict the use of antibiotics that are important in human medicine by excluding growth promotion in animals as a listed use on the drug label. This would prevent farmers from legally using antibiotics such as tetracyclines, penicillins, and azithromycin for growth promotion purposes.  But it’s only a voluntaryrequest. This is akin to letting the fox guard the henhouse, not a very astute or wise strategy to say the least.

Many meat producers have continued to use antibiotics for growth-promotion purposes, which is all the more reckless because some research suggests they’re not even doing this anymore. Past research suggested that antibiotics in animal feed improved the daily weight gain in young pigs by an average of 16 percent and the feed efficiency by 7 percent. However, studies conducted in 2000 and later suggest antibiotics increased average daily weight by just 0.5 percent and feed efficiency by 1 percent.9


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Costco Joins the Fight for Antibiotic-Free Chicken

Wholesale club Costco sells 80 million rotisserie chickens a year, so when they ask for change, suppliers and even regulators listen. The company has been involved in an ongoing push to end the use of human antibiotics in chicken and other livestock. The company has been working with the FDA and the CDC to help eliminate the use of so-called shared-use antibiotics (those used for both humans and livestock). Craig Wilson, vice president of food safety at the Issaquah, Washington-based Costco, told Reuters:18

“We are working towards, and working with our suppliers and the regulatory agencies... to see how we can get rid of shared-use antibiotics in animals… I think all of us want to move to a point where we can get the human-use antibiotics out of the system. It's going to take time."

What to look for when shopping

Finally, when shopping for truly healthy meat, that from CAFOs is not the best choice. Organic, grass-fed and finished meat, raised without antibiotics and other growth-promoting drugs is really the only type of meat that is healthy to eat, in my view.  This you will find at farmers' markets, family farms, food coops, and certain forward-thinking grocery chains and health food stores. When shopping, keep the following labels in mind to help you find truly high-quality meat:20
 
  • 100% USDA Organic label offers excellent assurance that antibiotics have not been used at any stage of production.
  • "No antibiotics administered" and similar labels also offer high assurance that antibiotics have not been used, especially if accompanied by a "USDA process Verified" shield.
  • "Grass-fed" label coupled with USDA Organic label means no antibiotics have been used, but if the "grass-fed" label appears alone, antibiotics may have been given.
  • "American Grass-fed" and "Food Alliance Grass-fed" labels indicate that in addition to having been raised on grass, the animal in question received no antibiotics.
  • The following three labels: "Antibiotic-free," "No antibiotic residues," and "No antibiotic growth promotants," have not been approved by the USDA and may be misleading if not outright fraudulent.
  • "Natural" or "All-Natural" is completely meaningless and has no bearing on whether or not the animal was raised according to organic principles. "Natural" meat and poultry products can by law receive antibiotics, hormones, and genetically engineered grains, and can be raised in confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

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