Friday, February 10, 2006

Bird Flu

What we've been hearing lately in the news about the likelihood that a bird flu pandemic might occur and that a few people in China and Europe have died because of it. Is anyone wondering how this happened? Why suddenly there is such a thing as bird flu? Well, I wondered and thought that it probably had something to do with the use of antibiotics in poultry. So did a bit of research and I was right. The virus that causes bird flu is a strain that developed a resistance to antibiotics commonly prescribed to treat the sick. The bird flu virus was able to develop its resistance because of the overuse of antibiotics in poultry. This isn't the first time virus or bacteria have developed a resistance to important antibiotics we use to treat deceases that would otherwise kill us. This is the very reason we support and promote organic meat as well as veggies.

At the Organic Market, we have 2 sellers of organic chicken and eggs. I tried both and there is a difference between them. One is tougher and I would use to make stock or Coque au Vin (Did I spell that right?) The other one sold by Mara is tender and can be used to make any chicken dish.

For more info on bird flu and/or "Antibiotics and Food" go to the official website of Union of Concerned Scientists.

No comments: