Most commercial food producers feed their animals antibiotics to prevent bacterial diseases from spreading, but one organic farmer has come up with a different solution. Chickens at Bell & Evans farms have benefited from oregano oil and cinnamon being added to their feed.
As consumers become more savvy about where their food comes from, Bell & Evans has also enjoyed economic success since adding naturally bacteria-fighting foods to their chickens’ diet.
Other farmers are following in Bell & Evans’ footsteps as Bob Ruth, president of Pennsylvania-based Country View Family Farms, began including oregano in the feed of his 5,000 pigs on a trial basis. He reports that initial results are favorable.
The Facts about Oregano Oil
Research shows that oregano oil outclasses antibiotics when it comes to fighting bacteria.
A study conducted on four small farms in Maine discovered that oregano oil can prevent parasites and worms in goats and sheep. And another study organized by Dr. Harry G. Preuss at the Georgetown University Medical Center, has proven the effectiveness of oregano oil against staph-infections when tested on mice.
These findings have been corroborated by other experiments, and Dr. Preuss describes this as “really promising, particularly when you consider that we are facing a crisis in our hospitals and health systems with the increasing resistance to antibiotics.”
Finding an alternative to antibiotics is especially important in terms of both animal and human health, given that antibiotic-resistant bacteria are on the rise. The problem is exacerbated by the wide-spread use of antibiotics by meat producers. According to data by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, 80 percent of all antibiotics sold in the U.S. are intended for animals, usually to prevent infections which would inevitably occur in the overcrowded and unsanitary conditions of industrial farms.