Factory farming resembles automobile factories millions of defects and producing dangers that can kill as well as sicken us and the planet. The really dumb part – put drugs into feed and sick animals may not get the protection they need and fitter animals overdose on drugs in feed. The resulting “super-bugs” may kill off humans and herds when an oops unexpected new bacteria or virus is “manufactured.”
Ag antibiotic use: Risky — but also sloppy and wasteful
So, to sum up: It’s always been clear that indiscriminate use of antibiotics in agriculture leads to costs outside farms, in environmental contamination and in development of drug-resistant bacteria. What this analysis shows is that antibiotic over-use has costs on the farm as well. It’s inefficient, it wastes drugs and money, and it doesn’t necessarily do what it is intended to do.
So why keep doing it?