Your Legislators: Livestock Antibiotic Usage (April 16, 2015)

Your Legislators: Livestock Antibiotic Usage (April 16, 2015)


THEY DO DO A GOOD JOB ON WHAT
THEY HAVE AVAILABLE.   THEY HAVE AVAILABLE.
>>AND WE HAVE A WELL INFORMED  >>AND WE HAVE A WELL INFORMED
AUDIENCE HERE, AND WE HAVE A   AUDIENCE HERE, AND WE HAVE A
QUESTION WE HAVE NOT HAD.   QUESTION WE HAVE NOT HAD.
THEY WANT TO KNOW WHETHER OR NOT   THEY WANT TO KNOW WHETHER OR NOT
THE LEGISLATURE HAS A ROLE IN   THE LEGISLATURE HAS A ROLE IN
REDUCING THE USE OF ANTIBIOTICS   REDUCING THE USE OF ANTIBIOTICS
IN LIVESTOCK.   IN LIVESTOCK.
TO YOU SENATOR KOENEN, AND MAYBE   TO YOU SENATOR KOENEN, AND MAYBE
YOU CAN TALK MORE ABOUT THE   YOU CAN TALK MORE ABOUT THE
ISSUE.   ISSUE.
IT’S BEEN IN THE NEWS SOME,   IT’S BEEN IN THE NEWS SOME,
BECAUSE MCDONALD’S MADE AN   BECAUSE MCDONALD’S MADE AN
ANNOUNCEMENT FROM MOVING AWAY   ANNOUNCEMENT FROM MOVING AWAY
FROM ANTIBIOTICS IN CHICKENS.   FROM ANTIBIOTICS IN CHICKENS.
IT’S A COMPLICATED TOPIC.   IT’S A COMPLICATED TOPIC.
I’M PICKING ON YOU TO SAY A   I’M PICKING ON YOU TO SAY A
LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THAT.   LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THAT.
>>I’M NOT AN EXPERT ON THAT,  >>I’M NOT AN EXPERT ON THAT,
BUT I WILL MAKE A FEW COMMENTS.   BUT I WILL MAKE A FEW COMMENTS.
THERE ARE COMPANIES THAT ARE   THERE ARE COMPANIES THAT ARE
SAYING THEY ARE NOT GOING TO USE   SAYING THEY ARE NOT GOING TO USE
FOOD PRODUCTS THAT ARE RAISED   FOOD PRODUCTS THAT ARE RAISED
WITH ANTIBIOTICS, AND THAT’S A   WITH ANTIBIOTICS, AND THAT’S A
VOLUNTEER CHOICE.   VOLUNTEER CHOICE.
THEY HAVE TO TRACK ALL OF THAT   THEY HAVE TO TRACK ALL OF THAT
AND BE ABLE TO HAVE A TRACK   AND BE ABLE TO HAVE A TRACK
RECORD THAT GOES AND THERE IS   RECORD THAT GOES AND THERE IS
SOME OF THAT GOING ON   SOME OF THAT GOING ON
VOLUNTARILY.   VOLUNTARILY.
AND AS FAR AS THE REGULATION,   AND AS FAR AS THE REGULATION,
THERE’S THE LABELING THAT HAS TO   THERE’S THE LABELING THAT HAS TO
BE FOLLOWED.   BE FOLLOWED.
I BELIEVE THAT’S A FEDERAL   I BELIEVE THAT’S A FEDERAL
ISSUE.   ISSUE.
I HAVE NOT SEEN MUCH OF THAT IN   I HAVE NOT SEEN MUCH OF THAT IN
THE AG COMMITTEE HERE.   THE AG COMMITTEE HERE.
IT’S MORE OF A FEDERAL ISSUE.   IT’S MORE OF A FEDERAL ISSUE.
I GUESS AT THIS POINT THAT’S ALL   I GUESS AT THIS POINT THAT’S ALL
I’M GOING TO BE ABLE TO SAY.   I’M GOING TO BE ABLE TO SAY.
I THINK WHAT THE VIEWER IS   I THINK WHAT THE VIEWER IS
TUCKING ABOUT IS THE LOW LEVEL   TUCKING ABOUT IS THE LOW LEVEL
TALKING ABOUT ARE THE LOW LEVEL   TALKING ABOUT ARE THE LOW LEVEL
ANTIBIOTICS PUT INTO FEED.   ANTIBIOTICS PUT INTO FEED.
I THINK AS TRADE OFF THERE ARE   I THINK AS TRADE OFF THERE ARE
ADVANTAGES OBVIOUSLY TO DOING IT   ADVANTAGES OBVIOUSLY TO DOING IT
THAT WAY AS FAR AS FASTER WAIT   THAT WAY AS FAR AS FASTER WAIT
GAMES AND THINGS LIKE THAT.   GAMES AND THINGS LIKE THAT.
I THINK IT’S A CONSUMER   I THINK IT’S A CONSUMER
PREFERENCE ISSUE, AND IF THEY   PREFERENCE ISSUE, AND IF THEY
WANT TO PAY FOR THE ORGANIC TYPE   WANT TO PAY FOR THE ORGANIC TYPE
PRODUCTS, THAT’S A CONSUMERS   PRODUCTS, THAT’S A CONSUMERS
CHOICE, BUT THERE WILL BE A COST   CHOICE, BUT THERE WILL BE A COST
DIFFERENCE, A HIGHER COST, IF WE   DIFFERENCE, A HIGHER COST, IF WE
MOVE TO AN ANTIBIOTIC FREE ONE.   MOVE TO AN ANTIBIOTIC FREE ONE.
>>AND ANTIBIOTICS USED TO  >>AND ANTIBIOTICS USED TO
ROUTINELY WORK IN HUMANS, AND   ROUTINELY WORK IN HUMANS, AND
THEY DON’T WORK BECAUSE OF THE   THEY DON’T WORK BECAUSE OF THE
DEVELOPMENT OF RESISTANT   DEVELOPMENT OF RESISTANT
STRAINS, AND THAT’S VERY GOOD   STRAINS, AND THAT’S VERY GOOD
EVIDENCE ABOUT THE EXCESS USE OF   EVIDENCE ABOUT THE EXCESS USE OF
ANTIBIOTICS IN AGRICULTURE.   ANTIBIOTICS IN AGRICULTURE.
NOBODY WANTS TO STOP IT FOR A   NOBODY WANTS TO STOP IT FOR A
SICK APP MALL BUT USING IT AS A   SICK APP MALL BUT USING IT AS A
FOOD INGREDIENT.   FOOD INGREDIENT.
I’M NO FARMER, AND BUT MY   I’M NO FARMER, AND BUT MY
GRADUATE WORK WAS ANTIBIOTICS.   GRADUATE WORK WAS ANTIBIOTICS.
>>IT’S EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO  >>IT’S EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO
TRY AND DO THIS SIMPLY ON A   TRY AND DO THIS SIMPLY ON A
STATE BASIS, AND THE REGULATION   STATE BASIS, AND THE REGULATION
HAS BEEN ON A NATIONAL BASIS,   HAS BEEN ON A NATIONAL BASIS,
AND I THINK THE DISCUSSION HAS   AND I THINK THE DISCUSSION HAS
TO CONTINUE TO BE ON A NATIONAL   TO CONTINUE TO BE ON A NATIONAL
BASIS, AND YOU CANNOT MAKE THE   BASIS, AND YOU CANNOT MAKE THE
STATE OF MINNESOTAN OUT LIER   STATE OF MINNESOTAN OUT LIER
WITH THAT TYPE OF HE HAD VISION,   WITH THAT TYPE OF HE HAD VISION,
AND CREATE SERIOUS PROBLEMS FOR   AND CREATE SERIOUS PROBLEMS FOR
THE LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY, AND   THE LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY, AND
THERE CERTAINLY IS MORE THAT IS   THERE CERTAINLY IS MORE THAT IS
NEEDED IN TERMS OF SOME OF THE   NEEDED IN TERMS OF SOME OF THE
RETURN A  

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