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The real costs of
An economist quantified the
impact of the current antibioticfree trend and emerging slowergrowing broiler movement
on the chicken industry and
A future with only antibiotic-free and slow-growing broilers would be harder on the environment and the economy.
In a presentation at the 2017 Chicken Marketing
Summit, Dr. Matt Salois, director of global scientific affairs
and policy for Elanco, outlined the consequences of farmers moving from conventional practices to no-antibioticsever or slower-growing broiler production. Salois spoke on
July 17 at the event held in Asheville, North Carolina.
If standardized, the practices would raise the number of birds needed to feed the same number of people,
and lead to the consumption of more natural resources
and creation of more pollution.
In a period of eight years, the percentage of broilers
raised without antibiotics skyrocketed. According to
AgriStats data, 42 percent of the U.S. broiler market
was raised without antibiotics in May 2017. In April
2010, far less than 5 percent of the market was raised
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