Are all antibiotics, including those used on farms and ranches, critical to human health?

Not all antibiotics are the same. While some are used in both human and animal medicine, others are used primarily to treat animals and are not medically important to people. These antibiotics are not leading to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Further, use of medically important antibiotics actually decreased from 2010 to 2011 on farms while meat production increased (; FDA reporting).

USFRA Point of View

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) is committed to answering questions about how food is grown and raised. This includes addressing questions about antibiotic use on farms and ranches and concerns about antibiotic resistance in humans. We, too, are concerned about if or how the use of... Read more