General Purpose : The Antibiotic Stewardship Certification, And The Ethical Use Of Antibiotics

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General Purpose: My general purpose is to inform. Specific Purpose: At the end of my speech, my audience will support alternative labeling like an “antibiotic stewardship certification,” and the ethical use of antibiotics in animal agriculture. Central Idea: Because requiring antibiotic free animal products is not a practical response to rising number of antibiotic resistant bacteria, consumers should support responsible antibiotic use in animal agriculture through an alternative labeling like an “Approved Antibiotic Administration” certification. Introduction If an opinion is treated like a fact, does it become a fact? No. It remains an opinion until unbiased, statistically significant data proves otherwise. But apparently there are several restaurants chains never got that message. Just because consumers have been concerned about antibiotic use in production animals, does not mean that there is any unbiased, statistically significant data proving an actual risk. Now, consumers have the right to be concerned regarding increasing antibiotic resistant bacteria, as it is a real issue. First, animal agriculture should not be the focus of the issue, nor is antibiotic free labeling a solution to animal agriculture’s part of the problem. Second, there are many misconceptions about antibiotic use in animal agriculture that fuel consumer concerns. Finally, there needs to be a label alternative to “antibiotic-free” that is more inclusive. Being a person who has helped raise and

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