Wants livestock industry to use antibiotics just for the health of the animals and to remove from general livestock feed
Not only does the livestock industry foul waters with livestock waste, destroy public lands and habitat, and contribute the greatest to greenhouse gas emissions, it also threatens the health of humans by feeding antibiotics to livestock. They aren’t using it simply to protect the health of the animals instead, they use it to increase growth and reduce feeding which results in the creation of antibiotic resistant bacteria. Those bacteria are responsible for the deaths of many people.
This is a classic example of externalizing costs so that the livestock industry can continue to use confined animal feeding operations or CAFO’s to raise livestock at cheap prices. These cheap prices come at the expense of air and water pollution and human health. It is unsustainable.
Of course the livestock industry is already screaming that there is no science to back up the claims of the FDA who released guidelines which say that these operations should not be using antibiotics in such a way but rather just in targeted cases where it is needed for the health of the animal.
FDA takes steps to limit use of antibiotics in livestock.
BY Tom Laskawy – Grist