For several decades, American agribusiness has been routinely putting antibiotics in animal feed. The result is to breed antibiotic-resistant strains of disease organisms, including the “super-bug MRSA.The spread of multiple antibiotic resistance is perhaps the greatest looming public health crisis, partly because the economics of health care doesn’t create big rewards for inventing new antibiotics.
So why are the animal-growers allowed to put the health of everyone on the planet at utterly unnecessary risk? Because some people think getting rid of the practice might add as much as a nickel a pound to the retail price of pork. (In Europe, the impact wasn’t that big.)
No, this shouldn’t be a hard decision. But somehow the FDA has never gotten around to banning the use of human antibiotics in healthy farm animals. That’s about to change.
I wonder which party controls the White House?
Elections have consequences.