Danger! …Smallholder… Danger!
Clearing the Smoke and Mirrors of Illusion from the New FDA Antibiotic Regs.
As most of the long-time readers of Catholic Rural Solutions Blog know I’ve long advocated some regulations regarding antibiotics in animal feeds and personally avoid all such feed for my livestock. However, new FDA regulations, while lauded by the pretentious and largely ignorant elitist Wholefoods-type clientele as good, natural and organic, actually further limits not only the freedom and independence of the small farmers and homesteaders; it impacts directly on you the individual consumers.
Most smallholders, farmers and homesteaders are acutely aware that it is important to go as natural as possible on their farm, if not on principle, certainly based on market demand. Here at Hunny-Bunny, while not a classical farm, (we might be better classified as a backyard hobby venture), we too feel the impact of onerous regs. However, these new regs have tremendous effects not only on expenses but also on the lives of the livestock as well. As a personal case in point, two of my buck rabbits, (males) unexpectedly, (because they were littermates), got into a bloody fight in which one buck literally scratched the eyes out of his fellow rabbit. [Aside: See, I told you rabbits are not the cute and cuddly Disneyesque critters they are projected to be!] To relieve pain, promote healing, prevent infection and more importantly save the rabbit’s life, I was forced to use some antibiotics I had on hand. I used an ointment that I, personally, had used when I had an eye infection early this winter. Additionally, I used some doxycycline tablets that were left over from a previous dog’s secondary infection when he was dying. This I dissolved in the buck’s drinking water. To be sure I had enough antibiotic meds on hand I went to Tractor Supply Corporation for some tetracycline, as the rabbit’s severe injuries would warrant long recuperative care. It was here that I was informed of the new FDA regs, which took place in January, 2017. These regs meant that smallholders such as, small farmers, backyard husbandmen (as myself) and homesteaders, would need to engage the services of a veterinarian even for cases as mine which previously could be handled at home with the purchase of over the counter antibiotics from agricultural supply stores like Agway and TSC. This adds a needless cost on folks already hard-pressed when running a smallholding. After all, the vet would follow the same procedures as I; that is, debride and cleanse the wound, soften the tissue where possible with warm saline solution, flush with clean and sanitized water, administer antibiotic ointment and give internal antibiotics, which in the veterinarian’s case would likely be through faster acting injection. The major difference would be in the cost. My cost for tetracycline and saline solution would be approximately $12 – $15; while the vet fee could amount to 10 to 20 times that amount… or more. So how do you justify such a cost for a $20 rabbit? Indeed, without over the counter agricultural antibiotics the small farmer can’t survive for long and consumers would be subject to BigAg as more and more smallholders’ foldup shop.
So while the misinformed and ignorant, mostly urban and suburban consumers with little to no knowledge of animal husbandry, see these new regulations as a forward step by the natural and organic movement; in reality it is simply another attempt by the Nanny-State to wrest freedoms and independence from we, the small folk.
There are other facets to this which would require a long essay for which I don’t have time at the moment as I have to attend the injured buck. Suffice to say that you must, must view the following YouTube video to see the full ramifications of this their surreptitiously enacted regulations. Also bear in mind that these are regulation of a government agency, which can unilaterally set them, and not legislation that was acted on by our representatives. It is a covert holdover from the sneaky and devious Obama administration over which Trump will have little to any sway.
Here is the web citation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyYcDkeIZi8
Please, please watch this short video so that you may understand the complete effects of these FDA regulations which effectively mix truth and lies not only in their intention but also in their implementing. Pass it around and encourage others to see it. This is vital… as this is another form of mission creep by a socialist agency.
Continue to pray the Rosary for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart… time is running short.
Richard of Danbury, D.S.G.