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Harmful effects of rise in antibiotics in food animals !
Really is this true that Harmful effects of rise in antibiotics in food animals can create havoc ?! First of all what are antibiotics? Antibiotics are medicines that help stop infections caused by bacteria. They do this by killing the bacteria or by keeping them from copying themselves.
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The same thing could be said about humans using antibiotics.

" Also, it may increase the antibiotic resistance, making the antibiotics useless against the disease. It loses effectiveness." I see no immediate problem to this other than livestock passing harmful diseases to wild animals. If you create an antibiotic for pigs the pigs will recover, but there is still a chance that the disease may spread on to hoards of wild hogs which would prove fatal to the group. 

"1.Capping antibiotic use in farm animals 2. imposing a fee for veterinary use of antibiotics."  Imposing a fee on use of antibiotics will only increase the cost the consumer has to pay at the end of road. Not worth it if I were to be honest. 

"3.limiting meat intake that together can reduce the use of antibiotics in food animals by up to 80% by 2030." I have read articles that hypothesize the decreased consumption of red meats which claim to reduce air pollution, the cost of food, and can prove to be beneficial to the human body.

 

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This is kind of old news but becoming an increasing problem. 

13 minutes ago, NimrodTheGoat said:

" Also, it may increase the antibiotic resistance, making the antibiotics useless against the disease. It loses effectiveness." I see no immediate problem to this other than livestock passing harmful diseases to wild animals. If you create an antibiotic for pigs the pigs will recover, but there is still a chance that the disease may spread on to hoards of wild hogs which would prove fatal to the group.

So, this is a huge misunderstanding of what is happening these resistances are not limited to singular organisms or even groups of organisms. The large antibiotics promotes the rise of resistant bacteria, some of those resistances can be transmitted to other bacteria via horizontal gene transfer. In addition, manure contains these antibiotics and they are spread to the environment (as fertilizer in wastewater etc). Thus the habitats where resistant bacterial strains may arise will increase further.

All this has by now led to a situation where we have many multi-resistant strains where no antibiotic will work anymore. Thus, in the rather near future infections that would be routinely cleared by antibiotics could be fatal (in fact, there are an increasing number of these cases already). The environmental release of antibiotics is a huge concern, as it would mean that even by cutting down antibiotics use for human treatment, there is still a huge pool of these compounds that would select for and lead to a spread of resistant strains.

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3 hours ago, CharonY said:

some of those resistances can be transmitted to other bacteria via horizontal gene transfer.

Never heard of this. Sounds interesting. Do you have any or know of any interesting cases on this?

 

3 hours ago, CharonY said:

manure contains these antibiotics and they are spread to the environment (as fertilizer in wastewater etc).

Never thought about that effect either. 

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49 minutes ago, NimrodTheGoat said:

Never heard of this. Sounds interesting. Do you have any or know of any interesting cases on this?

Horizontal gene transfer is a common mechanism of genetic exchange in prokaryotes. I am pretty sure you can find an overview on wikipedia, as it is really a very common, fundamental and frequently observed mechanism. While you are at it, I recommend looking up "resistance plasmids" (not the only, but very common means for spreading resistance genes).

 

Edit: noticed the modnote, even without reading, it is quite clear that this is hardly news. And OP is rather unclear in what it tries to say. Can this moved to the microbiology section?

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