Antibiotics, Animal Ag, and People.

The Federation of Animal Science Societies (FASS) webinar on Antibiotics in Animals and People presents a series of reviews and research on the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture.

“A broad prohibition on use of antibiotics to prevent disease has, in some cases, increased the amount used for disease treatment and has not minimized total antibiotic use,” [Jim] Pettigrew said. “This can be detrimental to animal welfare and to efficiency of resource use.”

Jim Pettigrew, University of Illinois professor of animal sciences, is a member of the FASS Science Policy Committee and served as the lead coordinator for the recently approved FASS policy statement on antibiotics.

FASS developed the following policy statement as part of their efforts to engage the public and provide guidance to animal agriculture professionals.

The Federation of Animal Science Societies (FASS) strongly supports the judicious use of antibiotics in food animal care consistent with the health and welfare of the animals, with preserving the value of antibiotics in protecting human and animal health, and with efficient use of the earth’s resources in food production

Do you build the bar or be the bar fly?

This week I was reminded of an interesting social media analogy from my friend Chris Brogan: do you build the bar or do you go bar hopping? In other words, do you build the place where people come to hangout, share ideas, and learn new things? Or, do you visit the cool places with others to have interesting conversations and move on when the time comes?

If you build the bar you need to keep it interesting on a regular basis. Bringing in the cool bands, recruiting the funny people, and putting in great design are just some of the actions you must do. Then you need to promote your bar by getting the word out through friends and family, "regulars", and other channels likely to be frequented by your potential customers. Building the bar is probably the easiest part; maintaining, growing the bar is the hard part. In bar building all your energy and resources are spent on the bar.

If you bar hop (or be the bar fly), you get to discover the interesting places and meet new people. You can move when it's not fun anymore. Your time and energy is spent on the interaction, discovery, and sharing. And you get to stay home when the weather is bad.

The analogy to social media? Do you want to have the next Facebook (bar) or Twitter (another bar)?
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