Airborne antibiotic-resistant bacteria caused by overcrowded feedlots found in Texas

Controversy is defined as “a discussion marked especially by the expression of opposing view”.   It is a huge and it encompasses a lot of meanings, disagreement, dispute, argument, debate, dissension, contention, disputation, altercation, wrangling, quarreling, war of words, hot potato.

Most people do not particularly like controversy, because of its very nature. But in fairness, most will probably agree it is intrinsic with life.

Lyman Beecher, may have hit the target on the head bulls eye when he legendarily declared, “No great advance has been made in science, politics or religion without controversy.

A study soon-to-released study by a couple of Texas Tech experts, toxicologist Dr. Phil Smith and microbiologist Dr. Greg Mayer, examined the risks and controversy  linked with airborne antibiotic-resistant bacteria caused by overcrowded feedlots. The study raises probable concerns over the transmission of resistant bacteria into the environment and its subsequent interaction with the human population.

The researchers, who work at Texas Tech’s Institute of Environmental and Human Health, say their research is far from, but are quick to defend their research. They declare that an additional research is necessary to gather enough data, which may take years to complete. But they confirmed that the research so far supports the possibility that antibiotic use in feedlots over a period of time have the possibility of creating a cloud of superbugs capable of airborne transmission and subject to movement by the wind.

So let the controversy begins.



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