Effects Of Antibiotics On The Agriculture Industry And The United States ' Economy

1301 Words Nov 19th, 2016 6 Pages
Despite the consequences that antibiotics use in agriculture left behind both in human and environment, we simply can’t ignore the instrumental role of antibiotic in the agriculture industry and the United States’ economy as a whole. As pointed out earlier, in the past, Americans people had to pay a lot for meat products, as the meat-producing industry couldn’t keep up with the demands. With the introduction of antibiotics in animal feeds, it allowed farm owners to produce high-quality animals and still keep up with the demands. Just like human, animals also face a lot of bacterial and parasitic diseases throughout the year. In a research conducted in 2012, scientists believe that approximately 80 types of bacteria, posed a serious threat to the poultry industry (Hao, Cheng, Liu & et al, 2014, p.2). Bacteria, such as Staphyoloccus aureus for example, has led to a total loss of $2 billion per year in the United States and an average cost of €485/dairy cow in the EU during 2012 (Heikkila, 2012, p.139). To say the least, antimicrobial plays an essential role in the prevention and treatment of animal diseases caused by bacteria and pathogens. In addition to providing prevention and treatment of animal diseases, the use of antibiotics in animal feeds have proven to protect public health by limiting animal diseases and prevent transmission of zoonotic pathogens (Hao et al, 2014, p.5). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were about 76 million annual…

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