Hoagies, subs, heros, grinders, and spuckies are some of the names Americans label their sandwiches. Depending on where you are from will depend on this delicious fare’s alias. If you are a native of Philadelphia you say hoagies, if you live in the New England area they go by grinders but what is more important than what you call them is what is inside.
Last year over 20,000 Americans died due to antibiotic resistant infections. Antibiotics have been used for almost 70 years to reduce mortality rates as well as infections directly related to infectious diseases. Numerous studies have shown that antibiotics work and improve the life and well-being of humans and animals alike, so why have so many people died? The truth is that the use of antibiotics are being abused.
Where are these drug abusers? Should you hide your kids, hide your wife, avoid dark alley ways to prevent this abuse? Take an easier look into the food you consume. According to FoodAndWaterWatch.org , “The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported in 2011 that 80 percent of antibiotics in the United States are sold for agricultural purposes.” Animals are given antibiotics because they live in such poor conditions, farmers typically start a regimen as a preventive measure and they also discovered that the use of constant antibiotics makes the animals fatter which is more profit for them.
For those of you that think you were born in the wrong generation, that maybe you could flourish in a time long ago, here is your chance. The Center of Disease Control (CDC) estimates that by the year 2050 the use of antibiotics will be obsolete. Illnesses like the common cold or an ear infection could once again be a death threat.
The government has done very little to take care of this situation, therefore the responsibility is on the consumers. Take action today.
Students at Rutgers Camden’s New Jersey Public Interest Research Group (NJPIRG), are doing just that. “NJPIRG is a consumer group that stands up to powerful interests whenever they threaten our health and safety, our financial security or our right to fully participate in our democratic society.” NJPIRG believes that it is time for restaurants and farms to be held accountable for the food they are supplying to the public.
Considering that most of the antibiotic use comes from farms that are abusing this drug, NJPIRG is getting in the faces of these companies and telling them to stop. In the spring, because of the efforts made by NJPIRG, companies such as McDonald’s have been committed to purchasing their meat from farms that do not overuse antibiotics but now they want the biggest fast food chain to stop what they are doing and allow their consumers to eat fresh.
Please join NJPIRG in pushing the issue of the overuse of antibiotic foods by telling Subway that the consumers want subs not drugs. You have the power to get involved and make a change through social media!
Here is exactly what you need to do:
“We need to show Subway that millennials care about this issue, and that their customers want change. Through photo petitions and tweets directed at Subway, we will can save antibiotics, and protect the public health! To get involved, go on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and tag @Subway and to them that you want #subswithoutdrugs and #subwaysaveabx .”
In the words of Jackie Gomez, Rutgers Camden’s NJPIRG Student Campaign Coordinator, “The overuse of antibiotics in farm raised meat is a public health concern and we are teaming up with Subway to make a difference in the choice of meat they buy. Hopefully, with Subway on board and with the help of NJPIRG we can make a difference on a national level.”