Is anyone paying attention to antibiotic resistance? You might wonder during lulls between headlines whether others share your concern about antibiotics working when you or your kids need them. Don’t be concerned. All may seem quiet, but beneath the surface is a worldwide network of agencies and programs keeping close watch and working to address antibiotic resistance.
The term “factory farm” (I call it the “double F bomb”) has become a catch-all for everything that some people perceive as being wrong with modern agriculture. A recent New York Times op-ed contains much misinformation about today’s farming technology, the healthfulness of meat, and the environmental impact of producing food from animals.
The United Nations General Assembly passed a declaration aiming to slow down the spread of bacteria that have become resistant to antibiotics. The U.S. is well underway in following the U.N.’s directive. Animal health companies are eliminating the use of antibiotics important to human medicine for the purpose of promoting growth in animals. In many cases, these antibiotics will only be available under a Veterinary Feed Directive, essentially a prescription from a veterinarian, starting the first of the year.