26 May '11, 10pm

Is It True That Farmers Feed Antibiotics To Livestock To Make Them Grow Faster? : TreeHugger via @TreeHugger

I always thought the 'it makes them grow faster' reasoning for why they put antibiotics in animal feed was a myth and that the truth was more complex. Farmers found they could crowd animals while keeping disease levels down - giving consistently higher meat and dairy production - if they constantly laced the feed with a witches brew of antibiotics. Yes, if farm animals have to fight off frequent infections they are going to put more energy into getting better and less into growth or lactation; but there is another way to view this trade-off.

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/05/is-it-true-farmer...

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