By David White, executive director, Ohio Livestock Coalition
Trend watchers and agriculture experts alike agree on one thing: the use of antibiotics in livestock farming is likely the next big issue. What does “big” mean? By some accounts, the antibiotics issue could be BIG — think lean finely textured beef (or “pink slime”) big — or as big as the issue of housing pregnant sows.
It’s important to remember that we have a good story to tell on how antibiotics are used on farms. We are doing the right thing for our animals, for food safety and for our farms. Unfortunately, that’s a story we’ve not always told in the best manner.
The farm community is good at leading with science and data. When discussing antibiotics, we make this argument: “Science tells us we can.” “The animals are my livelihood.” “FDA/USDA says what we do on our farms with antibiotics is okay.”… Continue readingRead More »