Headline: Farm Use of Antobiotics Defies Scrutiny
Source: NY Times
Chickens are now catching a germ resistant to many types ofantibiotics. This brings up the issue of over-use of antibiotics in agriculture. The FDA has no way of regulating or keeping track of the use of antibiotics on farm animals, and agriculture is the biggest user of antibiotics. Even more so than people. Antibiotics are used on the animals to encourage growth and there is no regulation to how they are used. This issue brings up the question of immunity as well as care for these animals. Since the animals are kept in such close quarters with so many others, when a disease is spread, every single one gets it. And it also makes these diseases less susceptible to being cure by the antibiotics.
Global issue: Health
Primary design lens: Medicine
Secondary design lens: Farming