There is no doubt that the discovery of antibiotics was a wondrous medical
revelation. However, overuse has resulted in our becoming resistant to many
strains and this situation is potentially life threatening. Intensive
farming of animals has not helped the problem. The over- cramped conditions
for intensive farming require routine feeding of antibiotics just
to prevent infection - the animals are not ill. Some antibiotics have also been
used to promote animals' growth so they can be killed and
sold for meat more quickly. This ultimately means traces of antibiotics in the
food chain and water supply.
Organic rearing of animals does not allow antibiotics to be used routinely and
they are kept in more humane conditions. There is tight control over the
addition of colours and preservatives and the meat is sold without the addition
of water and phosphates to pump up volume. Consequently your bacon will not
ooze white gunge in the pan or halve in size before your eyes - what you see is
what you get. Cheap reconstituted meat products are a false economy and can be
detrimental to health.
Do not assume that all food labelled 'organic' is healthy though. High fat,
high sugar, processed convenience foods are unhealthy, whether organic or
otherwise. Read labels carefully and don't be taken in by the marketing ploys
of profit - driven companies jumping on the organic bandwagon.