Myname is Shiraz Abaddi. I am proud to be a student at Lehman Collegeand I am a junior. I am a Muslim American and a first generationAmerican. I am writing to address the concern of poultry that isbeing served in the cafeteria. I hope that Lehman College wouldconsider to be aware of where and how the poultry is being bred anddesigned such as the use of antibiotics. I am concerned as a studentwho attends to this college and for the people who consume your food.I hope to improve the quality of food we consume with your help.
Withinthe United States, we genetically modify and redesign chickens to ourliking. We are responsible for the breeding, hormones and nutritionwe provide for these chickens, and we use antibiotics to do this.Within the United States, 80% of antibiotics that are sold every yeargo to farm animals which creates resistant bacteria. Many farms feedantibiotics to their chickens to prevent diseases, however, as we eatthese chickens our bodies become at risk of developingantibiotic-resistant gastrointestinal infection, as well asdeveloping a urinary tract infection. Also, Antibiotics withinanimals are also used to fatten them up and protect them from thepoor conditions they are raised in. As we are in a post-antibioticera, we will soon die from infections due to antibiotic resistance.The bacteria within our bodies compete for resources and food byproducing lethal compounds that they direct one another.
Withresistance, we lose our protection and confident way of living and wewill start to fear minor infections. Within healthcare, 45% of givenantibiotics by doctors are useless and are for conditions antibioticscannot help with anyway. Iask to support the farmers that don’t give antibiotics to theirchickens. We should be conscious about the choices we are making andwhat is being served within the cafeteria. I appreciate you takingthe time to read this.
I hope we can make a difference to improve theschool and to improve our way of eating.