Mother, Farmer, and Breast Cancer Survivor Calls on Weis Markets to Fight Antibiotic Resistance
May 9, 2018
By Kim Wagner, Black Bottom Farm Collective
Ask Weis Markets to Fight Superbugs:
As a mother, farmer, and breast cancer survivor, I always strive to source the cleanest food possible. This means buying products from animals raised ethically and sustainably. One of the most important things for me is knowing that when I purchase food for my family, it is not contributing to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance.
Recently, I learned Weis Markets, a regional chain many of us frequent, is selling chicken sourced from Sanderson Farms. Sanderson Farms, headquartered in Mississippi, has been loudly criticized for downplaying routine antibiotic usage and condemning farms for choosing to raise their chickens antibiotic-free.
Prior to becoming a farmer I was a nurse, and I find it incredibly frustrating that a company would deny the link between antibiotic use in livestock and the occurrence of antibiotic-resistant infections in humans. When animals are given regular doses of antibiotics, the weak bacteria are killed but resistant strains remain, creating a breeding ground for antibiotic-resistant bacteria we call “superbugs.”
The World Health Organization, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention all agree that when these bacteria leave the farm they pose a risk to human health.
Weis can and should do better for our community. They should seek local producers of chicken for their store brand — there are lots of good local farmers who raise birds without antibiotics. With at least 2 million people getting sick annually from antibiotic resistant infections and 23,000 people dying from these illnesses, we all have a role to play ensuring we do not lose the single most important tool in modern medicine.
Please join me in urging Weis Markets to make a wise choice for our well being and our community. Please sign the petition.