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Agricultural use of antibiotics is a public safety risk

Nov 13, 2013
Photo Credit:  Michael Mortensen

Photo Credit: Michael Mortensen

A panel convened by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health released a report recently warning that the use of antibiotics puts the public at risk from exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The 14-person panel examined the link between broad, low-dose applications of antibiotics in livestock rearing, and concluded that these uses could increase the presence of dangerous antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. The report states that non-therapeutic uses of antibiotics “pose unnecessary and unreasonable public health risks.” According the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drug-resistant infections are the cause of 23,000 deaths per year in the United States. 

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One Response to “Agricultural use of antibiotics is a public safety risk”

  1. Nestor X. Moss says:

    You missed the big story here. The guest touched on the excessive amounts of pesticides used in food production, but chose instead to focus on what we pick up in hospitals and antibiotics prescribed for lesser infections that would run their course untreated. Nearly everyone in this country eats food resulting from GMO technology or that has been sprayed with pesticides or that has been grown in soil treated with pesticides. The run off effects even the fresh and salt water supplies. We compromise ourselves regularly and often by simple food selection. We bring our resistant selves to the doctor’s office or are taken to the hospital challenging and compromising what medicine can offer. Is this a chicken vs. the egg situation? Hmmm!