WASHINGTON - “Today the White House released its ‘National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria,’ which is intended to protect the public from antibiotic resistant infections. Unfortunately, the plan falls short of protecting the public from this looming public health crisis in that it fails to adequately address the misuse of antibiotics on factory farms, relying on FDA’s limited efforts to change practices through voluntary guidance.
What are the options? Those who have working farms have to focus on earning enough money just to keep the farm going. This often requires subcontracting, raising livestock through a company farm (a corporate entity). When you have large groups of animals who are confined to a barn for at least part of the day, they are in an environment that is conducive to spreading disease – plenty of warmth and moisture. One sick animal can wipe out a herd of cattle, etc., without the use of antibiotics. That (at the least) ensures the loss of your contract, the likely loss of your farm.