What Are The Concerns With Antibiotics In Agriculture? Consumers hear media stories about deadly methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) or watch TED talks on “What do we do when antibiotics don’t work any more?” and wonder how agriculture does this to people.
In this #AgChat we learn more about the views of antibiotics from both farmers and consumers. One can sense a need to develop a common language, terminology, and metrics so as to help develop long lived solutions to managing antibiotic resistance.
Complete Twitter conversation for AgChat on Antibiotics and Resistance.
- What do you think ‘antibiotic free’ means to consumers? (whether you believe it is true or not)
- Farmers: Why do you/why don’t you use #antibiotics on your farming operation?
- What #antibiotic metrics matter most? Judicious use? Reduction? Something else?
- Consumers: Why should farmers care what people think about antibiotic use on the farm?
- What are the potential effects (positive & negative) of reducing #antibiotics in animal agriculture?
- What can be done to strengthen veterinarians’ & producers’ relationships related to #antibiotic use?
- There are #antibiotics used in animal feed to improve feed efficiency. What will happen when it stops?
- What antibiotic resistance issues are veterinarians seeing in animal health?
- There is lots of science around #antibiotic use. There is also lots of noise. What are resources to help consumers & farmers?
- What data sources can researchers use to estimate #antibiotic use in agriculture, if any?
- What is the one thing you will do, based on this #antibiotic #AgChat? Take aways?
This chat was sponsored by the National Institute for Animal Agriculture to help raise awareness of their 2015 Antibiotics Symposium, November 3 – 5, 2015, in Atlanta, Georgia, USA [registration].