The Issue of Overusing Antibiotics in Cattle in the US Food Industry

Jingjing Tao


The misuse of antibiotics in cattle production in the United States deserves more public recognition and regulatory intervention. Antibiotics are used by cattle farmers not just for treating cattle illnesses, but mostly to increase profits and earnings. Antibiotic abuse is not unique in the United States. It has already happened on a global scale, with the United States being one classical example. To deal with overusing antibiotics in cattle, one way is to settle limitation requirements by federal agencies. The other approach is to impose taxes on antibiotics applied in cattle production. Advantages and disadvantages are identified for the two solutions respectively. The best option is determined by the event’s timing and character, as well as the country’s specific conditions.

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