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 (hurdhealth.com; FDA reporting).