July 2, 2012 Food Animals and Antibiotics A Hot Issue World Wide
Another salvo in the debate over the use of antibiotics in food animals, the scientific journal Nature urged the reduction of antibiotics use in livestock. Nature this week published a case study outlining the steps that Denmark has taken to reduce the use of antibiotics in livestock by 60 percent since 1998.
“The overuse of antibiotics in farm animals is a global issue,” the journal stated. “Human propensity for trade and travel ensures that resistant bacteria spread easily around the world, so as long as any one country pumps its pigs and poultry full of the drugs, everyone is at risk.” Nature’s sentiments add to a recent push against antibiotics use in livestock that included a Consumers Union study claiming that 80 percent of Americans want antibiotic-free meat as an option in their local supermarkets.