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Health and Food Habits

From political unrest to a global pandemic, 2020 has proved to be a year where institutions and social norms were challenged. Considering the recent pandemic of Covid-19, today, people are becoming more health-conscious, bringing a change in their food habits. They frequently visit gyms, seek advice from nutritionists and take better care of their health. The changing demands from currently changing food habits are giving a new direction towards sustainable businesses. The ongoing cruel cycle can be modified by choosing wisely and rethink our Food Systems.

Demand High Welfare Standards , healthy chickens
The lives of billions of chickens can be transformed by implying High Welfare Standards i.e. healthier chickens raised in sheds with more space, natural light and stimulating features such as perches and hay bales.
By adopting the following steps in factory farming, chickens too can have a better life:
• Use of chicken breeds that grow at a slower, more natural rate
• More space for the chickens
• More things for the chickens to engage with and explore such as perches and hay bales
• The introduction of natural light in the sheds
More plant based food and fewer animal protein
A great way to continue helping farmed animals daily is to eat more plant foods and fewer animal proteins. The immense scale at which we are producing and consuming meat today has negative implications on our health and the planet. By increasing the demand for plant-based foods, we can reduce reliance on farmed animals and make higher welfare production systems—with more space, fewer antibiotics, healthier growth, and more natural environments—more feasible. We can also reduce the role of our food system in climate change and public health crises.
farming and antibiotic resistance
Roughly three-quarters of all antibiotics sold each year are marketed for use in farm animals rather than humans. Antibiotics are used routinely to prop up low welfare practices on factory farms. Their overuse contributes to the rapid rise and spread of bacteria resistant to medicines used to fight infections. Resistant bacteria—called “superbugs”—are carried off farms via water, air, workers, insects, wildlife, and meat, reaching humans and causing life-threatening illness.
“People eat meat and think they will become strong as an ox, forgetting that the ox eats grass.” Pino Caruso

Continuous Doses of Antibiotics 

For decades, factory farms have relied on providing animals with continuous doses of antibiotics to maintain high densities and poor conditions in the barns. The intense stress and crowding would naturally hinder the animals’ growth and development and make them susceptible to disease and infection. Including regular doses of antibiotics in the feed and water for entire herds or flocks, in addition to injecting drugs at various stages throughout their development, is a low-cost way to keep the highly-stressed, immune-compromised animals alive and growing at a fast rate.

In contrast, farmed animals with higher welfare conditions—including better housing and breeding—are healthier and more robust, meaning antibiotics don’t need to be given routinely. 

Infographic: The problem we face