Antibiotics and Livestock
Now we’re at a point where we know about the use of antibiotics in the raising of livestock and how this is causing the growth of “super bugs.” These super bugs develop in confined animal feeding operations or CAFOs. This is a common practice that farmers and ranchers use in the raising of their livestock. Because of this illnesses among the animals is more likely and the bacteria associated with these illnesses are transferred to people through the food we eat. “The government, public health officials, and physicians are increasingly concerned about foodborne diseases caused by Campylobacter and Salmonella bacteria. According to the CDC, nationwide there 76 million cases of foodborne illness a year and 5000 deaths from viral and bacterial pathogen.” This is information is provided from a compelling article displayed below.
The following are some examples of the CAFOs.