The ecology of antibiotic resistance on farms is complicated. Animals receive antibiotic doses in their food and water, for reasons of growth promotion, disease prophylaxis, and treatment. Other chemicals in the environment, such as cleaning products or antimicrobial metals in the feed, may also act as drivers of antibiotic resistance. Antibiotic-resistant organisms may also be present in the environment already, from the air, soil, or manure pits within or near the barns.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released the final version of a voluntary plan to phase out the use of certain antibiotics in food animals. Antibiotics are added to the feed or drinking water of cattle, hogs, poultry and o... Read Post
In the USA farm animals routinely receive antibiotics in their food. There are two common reasons for this. Antibiotics sometimes are added to food because they promote growth. In certain instances adding antibiotics to animal feed ... Read Post