It wasn't until recently that we started to learn about the additives on food and how they are aggressively harmful to human health and over the years we have become more knowledgeable.
So what is the problem with antibiotics, hormones and other chemicals? We have been consuming them for years and we are doing just fine, right? ... Well, not so much.
We are not doing just fine. Cancer cases have exponentially grown and are predicted to rise even more. Research by American Cancer Society shows that in 2013, there were 8 million deaths due to cancer worldwide. This number is due to increase to 13 million in the next two decades.
So, back to Antibiotics and Hormones. These chemicals are fed to the animals and remain in them after they are slaughtered with the purpose of fattening them up and keeping away infections and diseases caused by the poor living conditions. These chemicals get absorbed into their bloodstream and into every muscle and tissue of the animal’s body and stay there, so the next stop would be the supermarket and then our home's dinner table.
As I mentioned, these chemicals are fed to the animals to stimulate growth and to decrease the chances of infections or illnesses in the animals which are at risk due to the poor living conditions in which they are kept. Animals who are skinny do not yield a lot of meat and don’t produce a lot of money. Likewise, animals that get sick cost money to treat so they would not get treated and left to die and the meat cannot be sold.
In addition to these chemicals, these animals have poor nutrition. The quality of the meals they receive (As opposed to being grass-fed as nature intended it) is detrimental. These meals not only contain animal byproduct (remains of other, already slaughtered animals), but they also contain plastic pellets which are meant to aid with digestion.
Remember how twenty years ago 10-year-olds actually looked like 10-year-olds? Nowadays children are victims of the deterioration in nutrition. They consume these hormones which accelerate their growth (Just like it does on the cow it was fed to) and end up developing early.
What is the alternative? Organic meats and dairy products.
Meats and dairy products that are produced organically are not fed hormones. Sure your chicken breast will be a bit smaller but trust me, it will also be way more nutritious, healthier and even yummier that the huge conventional ones.
Also, organic meats are not grown with antibiotics, they are grass-fed and for the most part, they are cage-free, which means they are allowed to roam free in a field and have a normal, healthy lifestyle, feeding themselves grass and being able to exercise, receive sunlight and develop naturally.