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    Sub therapeutic antibiotics are used to promote weight gain, because the calf is not wasting resources fighting off disease.
    Corn is not a large part of feedlot diets. Even "corn-fed beef" only requires a finishing diet of 50% corn, and corn in cattle feed is not just the grain, but also the stalk and leaves. Here's a finishing diet fed at a local feedlot that is about 40% corn:
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    You can see there is very little actual grain in there and a whole lot of roughage, which cattle easily digest.

    As for humans not taking antibiotics all that much, the problem with human doctors overprescribing antibiotics is just as big of a problem as the overuse of antibiotics in food animals.

    NEW YORK — 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.

    "It sounds high," said Keith Rodvold, a professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

    There is no scientific consensus on an appropriate level of antibiotic prescribing. But some experts said the new study's results are disturbing, and that rates are probably excessive even in the states with the lowest antibiotic prescription levels.

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

    by skohayes on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 03:55:59 AM PDT

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