Inappropriate Use Of Antibiotics On Farm Animals

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Antibiotics have been playing a critical role in saving human lives since the 1940s; however, now the inappropriate use of antibiotics is hindering their integrity. The overuse of doses of antibiotics by the food animal industry is responsible for the rise in drug-resistant bacteria that are being spread from farms to the general public, through the food that consumers are purchasing. Efforts are beginning to be made to end the use of low doses of antibiotics on farm animals because of public health risks. This should be a rising concern for many Americans because antibiotic resistant bacterial strains are rapidly developing. More than just public health concerns, the farm animals that are being bred under these conditions is unethical and …show more content…
The continuous exposure of bacteria to doses of antibiotics helps to develop immunity against them. These resistant bacteria have developed and adapted far enough that antibiotics can no longer be used effectively. It has been found that there have been about 19,000 deaths per year from staphylococcus aureus. This is a bacterium which is the most common cause of a staph infection. in the US as a result of the built resistance to methicillin, which is typically used to treat staph. Concerns of antibiotic resistance has increased because of the over exposure to antibiotics in both humans and …show more content…
Although reducing or terminating the nontherapeutic uses of antibiotics seems like the clear solution, the application of doing so is much harder said than done. The biggest problem is going against and challenging the routine procedures of a very powerful industry. The Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization are working towards bringing an end to the nontherapeutic use in livestock. The FDA created a deal in 2008 which mandated that companies would disclose data regarding types of drugs and amounts that are being sold. Since the FDA requested companies to keep track we have found that antibiotic use in meat animals has risen by 16%. I believe to put an end to these problems a key component in doing so, is public

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