What strikes me is that we are concerned about antibiotics in meat, and we are overwhelmed with oversupplies of grain and the government spends massive amounts of money trying to keep family farms in business. If antibiotics in meat were forbidden, all of those problems would go away. Surpluses would disappear because feed efficiency would drop by about 10% and family farms would prosper because you cannot raise animals in total confinement without the use of antibiotics in their feed.
The problem is that the pharmaceutical companies would go berserk and so would consumer groups because food would be more expensive.
Still, it is the right thing to do and would fix three serious problems. It's just sad that politics won't permit it.
Genetic researcher Gane Ka-Shu Wong: "I'm sort of a human chauvinist pig and I want to believe that I'm superior to rice. But it seems to have more genes than me." (From Justin.)