Antibiotics And Human Use Of Eradicating Disease

972 WordsOct 27, 20144 Pages
When antibiotics were created, antibiotics were designed for the human use of eradicating disease. In recent years, farmers have been pumping their livestock full of antibiotics ever since it was discovered that certain combinations of antibiotics in healthy animals can increase their body fat percentage by 3 percent. The weight gain of 3 percent was revolutionary for farmers, since each animal is worth pennies by the pound (Meat Safe 2014). Now, the cattle and poultry industry is responsible for 80 percent of all antibiotics sold. In 2011, 80 percent equivalated to over 30 million pounds of antibiotics being pumped into the American meat supply (Kessler 2013). But why is this a concern for humans? The feeding of antibiotics to the food supply is detrimental to the effectiveness of antibiotics in humans. The overuse of antibiotics in animals is contributing to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance, which can lead to a more difficult time treating common diseases and death. The problems with antibiotic resistance is not a recent phenomenon. When Alexander Fleming received his Nobel Prize in 1945 for the discovery of penicillin, he warned that the overuse of penicillin could have future consequences of becoming ineffective. In 1977, the problem of antibiotic resistance to penicillin and other antibiotics was prevalent enough that the FDA considered withdrawing the use in animals; but Congress put them through hoops of conducting studies to prove their findings. To
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