Something is happening in the agricultural industry, but it’s coming quietly—maybe so nobody will notice. On January 1, 2017, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is restricting the use of antibiotics in animals. This means farmers of food producing animals will need to find alternatives to treating their animals, such as improved housing conditions to limit infection and viruses, and natural remedies to maintain overall health of the animals. If antibiotics are necessary, producers will need authorization by a licensed veterinarian who has an understanding and knowledge of the producer’s operations. The goal? Help eliminate the casual, widespread use of antibiotics—a routine practice in factory farming.
Since the 1940s, antibiotics have been freely administered at low doses to animals raised for the mass production of meat, eggs and dairy products. The intent was to help facilitate rapid weight gain, promote faster growth, and ward off sickness from poor and unsanitary living conditions. Even if an animal is not ill, large-scale producers have often given antibiotics to keep potential illness at bay. That’s like treating ourselves daily with antibiotics to stave off potential infections, rather than incorporating healthy lifestyles and natural remedies to build our immune systems. The overuse of antibiotics in the U.S. is staggering. In 2012, the FDA reported 32 million pounds of antibiotics were used in the production of food animals! This practice has reduced the effectiveness of drugs in the long run and has resulted in antibiotic resistance in humans, something that first came to light as early as 1969. Further proof that you are what your animals eat!
As the filthy and shocking conditions of factory farming have come to light, interest in where food comes from has piqued, and more and more people have taken matters of food into their own hands. The rise in backyard poultry keeping and homesteading has been an impetus for large-scale food producers to start cleaning up their acts. Workers at smaller, sustainable farms know that clean coops, lots of natural lighting, and open spaces for pasturing create a healthy environment with happy animals. Eliminating factors that breed bacteria means that antibiotics are rarely needed to produce healthy poultry and eggs. This collective force of all of us growing more of our own food has lit a fire for a more sustainable food movement that Scratch and Peck celebrates!
We were born from the need for cleaner, higher quality feed. Our feeds have always been antibiotic free, and we’re proud to be working alongside the fresh wave of today’s farmers in the quest for clean feed. We’re dedicated to educating others about proper care and feeding, clean housing and natural pest deterrents—such as apple cider vinegar—so that poultry can live healthily. Even as we have expanded our product line to include feeds for goats, pigs and turkeys, and poultry supplements and treats, we maintain our value of producing all natural, medication-free products for animals.
Our Cluckin’ Good Herbs is a mix of eight Certified Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified herbs that promote poultry health in a variety of ways, including being antibacterial, improving respiratory and circulatory systems, strengthening immune systems, reducing manure odor, and stimulating egg laying. We recommend using Cluckin’ Good Herbs for general preventative care as well as a treat for your chickens and ducks by mixing them right into the birds’ feed. For an added boost to our herbs, follow Fresh Eggs Daily’s recipe for Breakfast of Champions.
Every week, we hear from customers expressing their gratitude for quality products they feel confident feeding their animals. Thank you to all the farmers—from the urban farmers to the homesteaders to the sustainable growers and producers—who support what we do and have helped shape these new guidelines for clean, whole foods for both our animals and ourselves.