> Antibiotics are used in livestock for a higher feed efficiency.
> The livestock have a better rate of gain meaning the farmer will
> not have to feed the animals as long.
> To use antibiotics as weight gaining substances seems bizarre
> to me. If the payoff is that the antibiotics we need to fight
> infection in humans are losing their effectiveness, is this a
> choice our society wants to make?
When you put it like that, of course not. But what do you think of use of
classes of antibiotics that cannot, or for some reason, will not be used in
human disease control? Also, there are apparently other (non-antibiotic)
ways to manipulate intestinal flora, such as special strains of bacteria,
and foods that promote their growth. A lot of work is underway on this
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