Livestock and antibiotics

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa – Nationwide, physicians are asking for a big change when it comes to raising livestock, and one local farmer is on board.

The American Medical Association is asking for a ban to be placed on using antibiotics to plump up farm animals.  They’re saying, if the drugs are overused, it can cause the bacteria strains to become resistant.  Local farmer, Chris Petersen from Clear Lake says that he knows the drug is being abused and wishes there would be stricter policies.

“Oh, absolutely I think they’re needed.  A lot of your industrialized agriculture is using antibiotics as a growth hormone to keep the pigs from getting sick,” said Petersen.

Last year, pharmaceutical companies were asked by the FDA to slowly stop promoting this drug. Right now, 70 percent of antibiotics in circulation are used on livestock.

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