John Conly, Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Infectious
Diseases and Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Centre for
Antimicrobial Resistance at the University of Calgary, Canada, discusses
the issue of the emergence of "superbugs" due to the overuse of
antibiotics in agri-business. According to Conly, the factory farming
industry uses at least 1000-fold more antibiotics in terms of absolute
tonnage compared with use in humans. This in turn enables bacteria to
become resistant to these overused antibiotics allowing them to mutate,
and thus creating "superbugs" that humans are unable to render.
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Antimicrobial resistance: revisiting the "tragedy
of the commons"
It is horrifying that the animal agriculture industry does not seem
to care about anything beyond their profit. The overuse of antibiotics
in farmed animals is a real and very serious issue that future
generations will have to face to a great extent. Being stewards of God's
Creation implies mindfulness in our choices. Choosing to adopt a
plant-based diet sends the message that we do not agree with what
factory farming is doing to God's Earth, God's animals and our health.
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