Myth #3

Antibiotic resistance is a result of modern livestock production.
  • Opponents say “Bacteria found near livestock facilities have a high rate of antibiotic resistance.  These bacteria become airborne and could make my family sick.”
  • In truth, the studies that find antibiotic resistant bacteria in the air are actually discovering bacteria that are commonly found in or on the human body.  These bacteria have a naturally occurring level of antibiotic resistance that we would expect to find if the bacteria had been pulled from a human intestine.
  • CAFO-RELATED MICROBIOLOGY ‘FACTOIDS’ VERSUS THE FACTS: ANIMAL FEED ADDITIVES DO NOT CREATE MICROBIAL HEALTH RISKS

Did you know that commonly found airborne bacteria actually have a naturally occurring level of antibiotic resistance?

 

Myths and Facts on Livestock Expansion Illinois

Myth #1
Livestock odors will cause asthma in my children (air quality)

Myth #2
Livestock operations will pollute my groundwater (water quality)

Myth #3
Antibiotic resistance is a result of modern livestock production.

Myth #4
Facilities don’t have established procedures or plans to avoid or handle spills, runoff, etc.

Myth #5
Use of manure in pivot irrigation spews the smell everywhere.

Myth #6
Toxic chemicals are emitted from livestock facilities. 

Myth #7
My property value will decrease if a livestock operation locates next to or near my property. 

Myth #8
Our local roads can’t handle the weight of the heavier trucks that livestock operations require.

Myth #9
Livestock operations dispose of dead animals in unsanitary ways.

Myth #10
Livestock operations raise animals in harmful and inhumane ways.