So, you might think this title is absolutely ridiculous, but it was meant to get your attention first and be explained second. Since I now (hopefully) have your attention I will get to the latter part!
How could eating non-organic meat be more dangerous than HIV/AIDS you must be asking yourself? Well, firstly, HIV/AIDS is preventable. Either abstain from having sex (hah!) or at least use protection and get screened with your partner for communicable diseases – it’s just the mature thing to do folks. But that still doesn’t tell me how eating non-organic meat is more dangerous than a horrible & well publicized illness, does it now? What if I told you that eating regular meat/dairy from your grocery store is daily making you more susceptible to diseases that kill more per year in the US than HIV/AIDS – and is very hard to prevent or let alone detect?
A single strain of antibiotic resistant called Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, kills more people in the US than HIV/AIDS. You can pick up this strain from anywhere or anyone and 20% of the population are actually long-term carriers of Staphylococcus aureus (though not all Staphylococcus aureus is methicillin-resistant/antibiotic resistant). The best defense you have against MRSA is to wash your hands often, scary eh?
That’s all well and good, but where does non-organic meat fall into the equation? It is a little known (yet increasing in common knowledge) fact that 70-80% of antibiotics are used on farm animals: cows, pigs, chickens, etc. Not to cure disease of course, but thanks to big business they use antibiotics to increase the size and growth rate of their livestock. What this does is creates a HUGE place for bacteria to mutate into penicillin-resistant variations. This bacteria ridden, steroid pumped food arrives at your supermarket and you ingest it at home, handle it while you’re preparing it and serve it to your kids.
Let me sum it up: You are serving yourself and your kids something more dangerous than HIV/AIDS every time you put a piece of non-organic chicken/pork/beef/etc. on their plate for supper.
Here are a couple random links, the one's that got me thinking today. Google it if you don't believe me ;)