Did you know that 80 percent of antibacterial drugs (about 29 million pounds) are sold for use in farm animals in the United States? The use of antibiotics in farm animals is a key reason why drug-resistant bacteria are a growing public health risk.
When farm animals are given antibiotics in doses too low to kill all infectious bacteria, those bacteria survive and can interact with other bacteria, passing on their resistance. This leads to widespread drug-resistance and creates antibiotic-resistant superbugs. By overusing antibiotics on industrial feedlots, where animals without bacterial infections eat, drugs used to treat illnesses like pneumonia, strep throat and childhood ear infections become less effective.
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Members of the agricultural and food retail industries, government representatives and consumer advocates met in Kansas City to discuss the science and consumer understanding of antibiotics use in livestock production and the public health crisis of antibiotic resistance. Read the post.
Bridging the Gap: Groups Meet to Talk Antibiotics
Carmen Cordova, Sustainable Livestock Science Fellow
Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Seen in Wildlife...Again
Julie Ellis, an infectious disease professor at Tufts University, collected and tested crow poop for bacteria. It's not unheard of for bacteria in the guts of birds and other animals to exhibit naturally antibiotic-resistant genes, but what she found was evidence that wild animals are developing a resistance to antibiotics. What this actually means for human health remains to be seen, but it's not encouraging.
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