Mike Lorrey writes:
I guess you didn't read what I said. I understand what you are saying.
My own father has had repeat battles with a blood infection that swelled
up his legs like elephantiasis, and they had to bring out what his doc
calls 'the big guns' to finally whip it. What I was saying though, is
that if there were resistant strains in the meat, then those strains got
resistant due to an incomplete or insufficient treatment of antibiotics
IN THE COW (NOT you). So the point is, it suggests the farmer is not
giving the cow a sufficient dose of anti-biotics to wipe out the
bacteria, NOT that its wrong he's giving them it at all.
Sorry Mike, but you dont know what you're talking about. The more
antibiotics you use the more likely the bacteria will develop resistance.
Anti-biotic resistant strains of bacteria do not arise because the bacteria
adapt to a low level of antibiotic in their environment. The strain arises
because some of the population are already resistant to that antibiotic and
it is their offspring which survive in that environment. Giving cows more
antibiotics would make the situation worse, not better.
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