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  •  From the Union of Concerned Scientists (1+ / 0-)
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    Using Atibiotics to. fatten Livvestock

    Although reducing or eliminating nontherapeutic uses of antibiotics is a straightforward solution to the problem of resistance, it will be difficult to implement. Eliminating this use of antibiotics challenges the standard operating procedures of a large and powerful industry.
    The nontherapeutic use of antibiotics is ingrained in livestock and poultry operations because producers believe that chickens, cows, and pigs—particularly those that are not healthy to begin with—gain weight faster when these drugs are added to their feed.

    In addition, livestock producers have bought into the myth that bacteria that cause illness in humans develop resistance only in medical settings. While no one denies that unwise use of antibiotics in human medicine is a source of serious resistance problems, this view has prevented recognition of one of the best opportunities to cut back on these drugs—in nontherapeutic agricultural applications.

    •  I cannot speak for the cattle industry (0+ / 0-)

      since I work almost exclusively with pigs these days, but I can tell you that producers are working towards less and less antibiotics, and there are almost none of the drug "cocktails" we used to use less than 30 years ago.
      But it is certainly NOT a "myth" that resistant strains of bacteria have risen in hospital and nursing home settings, not as a result of overuse of antibiotics in livestock, but because of poor cleanliness and quality assurance practices and over-prescription of prophylactic antibiotics in human medicine.

      U.S. doctors are prescribing enough antibiotics to give them to 4 out of 5 Americans every year, an alarming pace that suggests they are being overused, a new government study finds.
      Overuse is one reason antibiotics are losing their punch, making infections harder to treat. The report released Wednesday gives the first detailed look at usage of these medicines in every state and finds it highest in the South and Appalachia.
      And the CDC study found the most frequently prescribed antibiotic was azithromycin, which is commonly used for bronchitis symptoms. But that's a problem. Bronchitis is usually caused by a virus, and antibiotics like azithromycin don't work against viruses.

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      Your beliefs don't make you a better person. Your behavior does.

      by skohayes on Mon Sep 02, 2013 at 04:28:46 AM PDT

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