The use and/or overuse of antibiotics on farms continues to generate controversy. While opposite sides continue to argue their respective positions, we feel that it’s important to maintain a level-headed position and research and examine all of the facts.
Without a doubt, antibiotics have improved the quality of life for all of us, including our livestock and food sources. Can you imagine a world without anitbiotics? Scary indeed!
We strongly agree with the agricultural community that a responsible antibiotic regimen is essential to maintaining a safe, healthy and efficient operation. However, it’s also common knowledge that antibiotic use has surged during the past decade, which has many experts worried that we are creating a dangerous level of resistance to bacteria and viruses.
The prestigious journal Nature this week called for reining in the use of antibiotics in agriculture, adding to the growing chorus of scientists and public health advocates seeking reforms. The editorial noted that the overuse of antibiotics in livestock raising is a global issue, in part because pathogens do not respect international borders — “As long as any one country pumps its pigs and poultry full of drugs, everyone is at risk.”
Following are links to the report and comments.
While the debate rages on, and various special interest groups lobby all levels of government, please don’t blame the farmers! They are all working hard to ensure that we all have safe, healthy food to feed our families, and also incurring a lot of extra expense in doing so.
We would like to remind you that one of the many benefits of using our Oxy Blast products is the reduced dependency on antibiotics. Why? Because they help antibiotics work more effectively and efficiently! This has proven to be an economical option for many of our clients.
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