What are Ionophores? How do they relate to animal agriculture?

Antibiotics improve production efficiency of healthy animals by preventing infection. Production-enhancing antibiotics are classified as ionophore or non-ionophore antibiotics. Ionophores are used in animals and not human health, and do not have any link or possible effect on antibiotic resistance in either people or food animals. 

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