What is antibiotic resistance? Why should I care?

What is antibiotic Resistance

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In regards to the livestock industry, antibiotic resistance is the natural mutation of microbes, primarily bacteria, building a defense against pharmaceutical antibiotics. The danger that antibiotic resistance poses is when these antibiotic resistant bacteria are transferred to humans, making infections difficult to treat and increasing the chances of other medical complications and even leading to death. This threat is further compacted by the unregulated use of antibiotic growth promoters (AGPs) used in livestock feed. By reducing, or ideally eliminating, AGP use the possibility of transferring antibiotic resistant bacteria to humans is reduced.

Antibiotic resistance is a growing global threat recognized by such organizations as the Center for Disease Control, World Health Organization, and USFDA as well as other international and federal administrations. Unrestricted use of antibiotics in livestock feed increases the possibility of transferring antibiotic resistant bacteria from the farm to the general population. By introducing viable alternatives, World Ag Associates hopes to decrease the prevalence of resistant bacteria while cleaning up the food supply.

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