The meat industry is one of the major contributors to the outbreak of infectious diseases such as various flu viruses, salmonella and mad cow disease.
Growth hormones and antibiotics are not necessarily ingredients we want in our food. Unfortunately, for now, they are part of it. Most people eat chicken meat, which is the product of an industry aiming to be as economically efficient as possible. The chickens in this industry live for only about 38 days -the predetermined time period it takes them to reach their maximum size. This unnaturally fast growth rate is achieved by growth catalysts injected into the chickens.
A British study whose findings were published in "American Journal of Clinical Nutrition", managed to reach 44,561 men and woman who live in England and Scotland, and follow their eating habits for 11 years. Among the participants who abstained from eating meat, there had been significantly fewer cases of heart attacks and arterial disease. Meat, the way it is produced today, contains saturated fats which are known to increase susceptibility to diseases. With the absence of supervision of meat components, the ease with which we consume harmful bacteria and substances is overwhelming.
Diseases transmitted to humans from animals in the food industry, such as avian influenza or swine flu, are caused by the contaminated, crowded and hygiene lacking living conditions of the animals. These diseases threaten our life quality, especially since it is unknown when the next disease outbreak will happen. In 2010 for example, Salmonella bacteria were detected in 17% of meat samples checked by the Ministry of Agriculture that year. These bacteria, when found in food, are potentially life threatening to humans and can cause various diseases and local inflammation in the liver, intestines and kidneys.
Strict supervision is required for our food. Growing meat without the threat of malpractice or negligence could be done in a controlled and safe way, if the production were to take place in sterile plants of cultured meat. The chicken who was raised for over a month in crowded conditions and a lack of basic hygiene, cannot be worthy of eating, while the production process of cultured meat enables a higher level of supervision over our food, which means more control over what we eat.