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Among them is the way operators have chosen to deal with the spread of disease, an increased threat to stressed, confined animals. They're fed constant, low doses of preventive antibiotics.
But overuse of antibiotics leads to resistance and that's what some experts say is happening. Superbugs are appearing that can't be knocked out. These bugs can then spread off these farms by various means, such as animal manure that's washed into the watershed or used as fertilizer, and spread into the human population,
One Green Planet explains:
Pumping animals with antibiotics kills off weak bacteria, but allows antibiotic-resistant strains to proliferate inside the guts of these poor creatures. These superbugs can't be knocked out with the usual medicines we rely on. Infections caused by these superbugs can require antibiotics with greater side-effects, and can lead to longer illnesses, more hospitalizations, and even death when basic treatments fail.
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- Nutrition experts say healthy eating is about making good choices most of the time.
- Treats like cookies can be eaten in moderation.
- Information like total calories, saturated fat, and added sugars can be used to compare which foods are relatively healthier.
- However, it's also important to savor and enjoy what you're eating so you don't feel deprived.
Yes, we know. Cookies aren't considered a "healthy" food by any stretch of the imagination.
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As the Pacific Ocean becomes more acidic, Dungeness crabs, which live in coastal areas, are seeing their shells eaten away, according to a new study commissioned by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).