Despite recent efforts by health experts, doctors, and the Food and Drug Administration to pull the meat industry away from its heavy use of antimicrobials, livestock producers seem to have dug in their heels.
The American public has grown accustomed to low prices on beef, pork, and poultry. Banning the use of antimicrobials and antibiotics for widespread use in these large factory farms, there will be a rise in costs to offset the animals lost to illness and disease.
The questions remain:
- Will the public accept the higher prices on meat for a healthier, and more sustainable farming industry?
- Will these industries give up their profits for a healthier, and more sustainable farming process?