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The routine use of antibiotics to promote animal growth does little to benefit protein undernutrition in the developing world

Collignon, Peter; Wegener, Henrik C; Braam, Peter; Butler, Colin

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Some persons argue that the routine addition of antibiotics to animal feed will help alleviate protein undernutrition in developing countries by increasing meat production. In contrast, we estimate that, if all routine antibiotic use in animal feed were ceased, there would be negligible effects in these countries. Poultry and pork production are unlikely to decrease by more than 2%. Average daily protein supply would decrease by no more than 0.1 g per person (or 0.2% of total protein intake)....[Show more]

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Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/80117
Source: Clinical Infectious Diseases
DOI: 10.1086/433191

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