Antibiotic use in animals is an ongoing debate. Farmers say they need it to meet America’s high demand for meat, but consumers want it without antibiotics.
1.The Debate Over Antibiotics In Animals Rages On
This debate has been going on for decades. Should antibiotics be used on animals? Farmers argue that antibiotics are necessary to produce disease-free animals. But, antibiotics are also used to fatten animals up.
2.What’s The Problem?
Researchers worry that drug resistant bacteria strains can be passed from animal to human. Farmers counter that this there is little data supporting this. They further argue that antibiotics are necessary to meet the high consumption of meat that is demanded by Americans.
3.What’s The Solution?
Those against the use of antibiotics argue that animals will stay healthy if farmers maintain better sanitary conditions. To that end, the FDA is hoping to phase out the use of antibiotics over the next few years.