We understand infection, when it comes to bacteria. Bacteria are usually viewed as ‘the enemy’ and targeted with potent antibiotics to curb their ability to infect. But, do you know microbes–including several types of bacteria–can be a farmer’s ally when it comes to reducing the risk that antibiotic-containing manure may pose to the environment? The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists inform so.
Microbes in manure can play an important role in breaking down antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals that are excreted by treated livestock. To treat a host of diseases and infections, livestock and poultry producers rely on antibiotics. In fact, in 2004 more than 21 million pounds of antibiotics were administered to U.S. farm animals and pets. In addition to ensuring a safe food supply for consumers, such treatments help promote animals’ health and well-being.
Via: Science Daily