Antibiotics – What and Why?
Wondering why farmers use antibiotics?
Why do farmers and ranchers use antibiotics?
Farmers and ranchers work closely with veterinarians to determine appropriate and safe plans for giving antibiotics to animals based on particular situations. They are used for disease treatment, disease prevention, nutritional efficiency and disease control. A farmer’s number one priority is to take care of his/her and this involves many things such as adequate housing, nutritional food, biosecurity measures AND preventing disease and treating illness.
Are they safe?
As long as antibiotics are used according to manufacturer’s guidelines, they are safe. All antibiotics must meet Health Canada’s strict standards for human health and animal safe. Before being approved for use, antibiotics are thoroughly tested to make sure they are both safe and effective. All Canadian chicken, meat, fish and dairy products are regularly tested for antibiotics and are safe to eat.
What are GMOs and are they okay to eat? What does organic farming look like? How are animals like chickens or cattle raised?
snapAG is a series of resources that invite students to explore the hot topics affecting the agriculture industry today. Topics range from organics, biotechnology, GMOs, livestock, and more.
Explore what’s trending in agriculture in Canada by browsing the topics here.
Sources available at: https://aitc-canada.ca/en-ca/learn-about-agriculture
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