What Your Food Eats, And Why It Matters

Antibiotics, pollutants in livestock and fish diets can hurt you 

| HealthLine – From antibiotics to persistent pollution, here are things to look out for the next time you’re at your grocers’ meat counter.

Humans have been at the top of the food chain for so long that many of us don’t even realize where our food comes from.

This includes what the animals meant for human consumption feed on before they’re slaughtered and end up on our dinner plates.

Animals, like humans, are products of their environments. If that environment is polluted with toxins — whether in the water or their food — it can impact the health of the animal, and the humans that will eventually eat it.

Livestock and fish may be contaminated if it’s sourced from regions with little or no environmental regulations.

While many global leaders have pledged to enact regulations to limit pollutants in the food chain, the presence of some chemicals — particularly those used in consumer goods — continue to impact our food supply. This includes the feed given to animals on farms.

“The international food trade system is becoming increasingly global in nature and this applies to animal feed as well.

Fish farming operations may import their feed or feed ingredients from a number of countries, including those without advanced food safety regulations,” Carla Ng, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering, said in a statement.

From the routine use of antibiotics in large factory farms, to the “dirty dozen” of harmful chemicals due to industrial processes, here are just a few things to be watchful of the next time you reach for packaged meat at your local grocery store.

Persistent organic pollutants

The industrialization of the world has had a profound impact on the planet.

In addition to global warming, pollution from these industrial processes have altered our food supply. Many substances and chemicals used in the production of everyday household items — such as televisions and cell phones — contain toxic chemicals that don’t break down easily. Read the full story at HealthLine.

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