Meet Ruby, an adorable 10-month-old who was rushed to the hospital one night, after eating some Salmonella tainted ground turkey. It took doctors a very long week to figure out that it was in fact Salmonella, and another two months to determine that it came from some ground turkey she ate. Ruby spent 7 days in the hospital. She was 1 of 136 victims of a Salmonella outbreak last summer that led to a massive ground turkey recall. To make matters worse, that strain of Salmonella was resistant to several kinds of antibiotics, which made it more difficult to treat. Like over 86% of Americans, Ruby and I want to eat meat raised without antibiotics, but unfortunately ethical meat like that is hard to find. Ruby is lucky that the doctors were able to save her life, but we can’t take for granted the antibiotics that allow us to successfully combat serious infections. 80% of the antibiotics sold in the US are going to farm animals–used to make them grow faster and prevent disease in crowded, unsanitary conditions. In such an environment, “superbugs” can develop– and they can get into our food, as Ruby found out.
This is just one of many examples of our broken food system. If you’d like to support Ruby, click here.
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