Regarding the Sept. 13 Point of View “ The meat of the matter on antibiotics”: I am greatly concerned about the routine use of antibiotics in animal feed. This threatens the viability of vital medicines for human health care.
Of additional concern with public budgets so tight in North Carolina, it seems obvious that if we can’t stop this practice, we should at least end the tax giveaway that costs our state $140 million per year. I’m talking about the law that exempts antibiotics in feed and animal feed itself from sales taxes.
As someone in public health who studied the intersection of animals in intensive livestock operations and human health, I am greatly concerned that we’re moving closer to disaster. We should be fully discouraging people from buying and using antibiotics unless they’re treating a sick person or a sick animal. That includes the appropriate use of antibiotics in the doctor’s office, at the hospital and on the farm. Feed filled with antibiotics doesn’t fit that bill.
If we don’t do a better job of protecting antibiotics today, our kids and grandkids will surely pay the price.