The first official date of spring is March 20th, 2016. This season is often seen as a time of rebirth and renewal. Most people have done away with their yearly resolutions and have begun their spring cleaning. For college students, a much needed break in the semester has shown its head along with the stress of midterms and excitement of graduation.
Traditionally, spring break for most students that are college age, is seen as the perfect time to kick back and relax. For some this may mean a trip to a sunny beach or to get caught up on school work and their latest Netflix binge. However, Rutgers students have chosen to use their off time talk to everyday citizens door to door about their campaign to stop the overuse of antibiotics. If this sounds familiar, it is because back in October, with the support of mentioned everyday citizens, the students of NJPIRG (New Jersey Public Interest Research Group), helped the largest fast food chain in the world, Subway, to come up with the idea of serving antibiotic free meat in the next year. To read more about their accomplishments on this subject please read here.
One may be wondering what exactly these students are doing to educate the public and to get them involved in their health safety. During their break they have knocked on 3,500 doors and spoken to 2,440 concerned citizens as well as collected over 600 petition signatures. These signatures are going to be used to “urge KFC to stop serving chicken raised on routine antibiotics.”
After the big win with Subway many other chains and brands, such as McDonalds and Tyson, have followed this trend. The sampled food has even been called better tasting which is a winning situation.
As stated in a previous article, “This overuse of antibiotics is the reason why the Center of Disease Control (CDC) believes that by the year 2050, the human race will enter a post-antibiotic phase. They estimate that by this time, over 10 million people will die due to drug resistant infections.”
The students at Rutgers care about their future and your future. They are not in Cancun for spring break, they are out in this confusing weather getting the public involved because the public should be involved in what they put in their bodies and feed their families.
“I could be on the beach over spring break, but I don’t want to live in a world where antibiotics no longer work. That’s why I’m knocking on doors asking people to urge KFC and other major restaurant chains to help save antibiotics.” – Arielle Mizrahi the campaign coordinator at Rutgers University.