Douglas Call’s justification of antibiotic abuse in livestock production is old hat from corporate agriculture ["Limiting antibiotic use for livestock could raise prices,” Opinion, Jan. 10].
This 40-year-old argument has been settled by scientific consensus — overuse of antibiotics in both human and animals produces drug resistance in bacteria. Since 80 percent of all antibiotics (by volume) are used in livestock production, that industry faces principal responsibility in protecting public health from the virulent pathogens grown on the corporate farm.
The only reason this public-health threat wasn’t remedied sooner is because Big Pharma and Big Agriculture lobbied their way to the present.
As for the author’s threat of higher meat prices, maybe it would be a couple of cents per pound initially and less than a 1 percent increase at retail for a public health benefit.
Good business and ethical behavior from the corporate citizen would seem to make sound policy.
Art James, Port Townsend