Ground-breaking research eliminates antibiotics from animal meat

Ground-breaking research eliminates antibiotics from animal meat


ERIC — THEY’RE USED TO HELP FARM ANIMALS GROW FASTER AND TO KEEP THEM FROM GETTING SICK. — MICHELLE — — MICHELLE — BUT SOME GROUPS LIKE CONSUMER REPORTS SAY *ANTI-BIOTICS IN MEAT* IS ALSO CAUSING SUPERBUGS — AND SHOULD BE CONSIDERED A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS. LEAH LINSCHEID DISCOVERED THERE’S SOME GROUNDBREAKING RESEARCH OUT OF U-W MADISON. THAT COULD CHANGE THAT. LEAH – THESE RESEARCHERS THINK THIS COULD CHANGE THE FACE OF THE AG INDUSTRY. THERE’S BEEN GROWING PUBLIC CONCERN ABOUT ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE – REALLY ACROSS THE WORLD. OVERUSE OF ANTIBIOTICS HAS LED TO DRUG-RESISTANT INFECTIONS – IF YOU’VE EER HEARD OF MRSA – THAT’S ONE OF THEM. AND IT COULD HAVE DEVASTATING EFFECTS ON OUR HEALTH. SO THIS NEW RESEARCH COULD BE KEY TO CUTTING BACK ON ANTIBIOTICS. P- 1 VO TRACK Inside a cattle barn – in the middle of rural Wisconsin, 20 miles from Madison – the future of public health is playing out. 1 SOTW1 43 NAT – mixing product with feed 2 SOTW2 43 Steve/Researcher “We feed an egg product to the animal” :17 3 SOTW3 42 NAT – cows eating 4 VO TRACK This is a look inside UW-Madison’s Beef Nutrition Barn – where researchers are trying to figure out how to grow healthy cattle
– without the use of antibiotics. 4 SOTW5 44 Steve “Half the cattle will get control feed, other half will be getting antibody.” 1 VO TRACK Here, 120 head of cattle are eating feed mixed with an egg product containing an antibody grown in chickens. It helps hens – and now, hopefully, steers – to better stave off disease without medication. 1 SOTW7 44 Steve “So far the results have been good” :14 2 SOTW8 43 Dan Schaefer/Animal Science “This would be an important new breakthough in the control of diseases.” :30 3 VO TRACK But what does a sick cow’s diet have to do with our health? Turns out – quite a lot. 3 SOTW10 42 Dan “The use of antibiotics inevitably results in the resistance in the susceptible bacteria.” 4 SOTW11 43 NAT – Conscious Carnivore shop 1 SOTW12 44 Bartlett Durand/Conscious Carnivore “The concern is that by using antibiotics in animal agriculture, you weaken or even destroy their effectiveness in humans.” :23 2 VO TRACK That fear is partly what prompted Bartlett Durand to help open the Conscious Carnivore – 2 SOTW14 42 NAT – him cooking? 3 VO TRACK – a local butcher shop selling antibiotic and hormone free meat. 3 SOTW16 43 Bartlett “…so we started seeing rise of anti resistant bacteria – meaning if you get one of these infections you cannot cure it by antibiotics.” :30 4 VO TRACK More than a just a concerned business owner, Bartlett is a dad. 4 SOTW18 44 Bartlett “That is a terrifying thing as a parent – it’s horrific to think my children may grow up where if they get a cut that causes a blood infect they could die.” :58 1 VO TRACK Hearing about UW’s ground-breaking work back at the Beef Nutrition Barn, Bartlett is optimistic about its impact. 1 SOTW20 44 Bartlett “Revolutionary. It’ll be fantastic.” :11 3 SOTW21 43 4 VO TRACK So far, researchers are hopeful, too. Dan/ Researcher “And allows us to remain as a nation the source of the safest foods upply for its population in the world.” :16 LEAH – JUST TO GIVE YOU A SNAP-SHOT OF JUST HOW IMPORTANT THIS RESEARCH COULD BE – ABOUT 80 PERCENT OF ANTIBIOTICS USED HERE IN THE U-S ARE USED BY FARMERS TO PREVENT DISEASE IN THEIR ANIMALS. BUT – IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE – THE F-D-A ALREADY PROHIBITS ANTIBIOTICS IN MEAT. FARMERS HAVE TO PUT THEIR ANIMALS THROUGH A WITHDRAWAL PERIOD BEFORE HARVFESTING THEM FOR FOOD TO MAKE SURE NO ANTIBIOTIC RESIDUES ARE STILL IN THE MEAT. — MICHELLE —

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