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"Alternatives to Antibitoic Use in Food Animal Production"
Author(s): Moderated by Dr. Stepehn J. Jay
Indiana School of Medicine
Subtherapeutic agricultural uses of antibiotics are arguably the sinlge most important "well" of newly evolved genes that make a bacterium resistant to a previously effective antibiotic.
Once a resistant bacterium emerges on the farm, the genes conferring resistance move around fluidly from bacteria to bacteria, animal to animal, animal to people, people to animal, and back again. Before long, they find their way into the genome of human pathogens, eroding the efficacy of once-effective human antibiotics.
This briefing provides a status report on the scope of the problem and highlights the proven alternatives to raise healthy animals without the routine, daily reliance on an antibiotic crutch.
Six slides appear on each page in the below pdf file.