A new institute is being created to improve health for people, animals and the environment through the study of antibiotic use and resistance. With future effectiveness of some antibiotics in question, the new center is a positive sign we’ve moved beyond finger-pointing. Learn more about it in my latest blog.
There’s strong evidence antibiotics used in livestock and poultry are not driving antibiotic resistance in humans, that responsible use of antibiotics minimizes agriculture’s environmental impact, and unsafe antibiotic residue in food from animals is uncommon. While science is the foundation of those findings, and decision-making processes people use to form opinions are complex, it can be discouraging when groups or individuals choose to support science only when it agrees with issues upon which they’ve made up their minds.