Food-industry website FoodDive.com recognized U.S. chicken producer Sanderson Farms as 2017 Food Company of the Year for its principled stance on antibiotic use in poultry production. Sanderson believes using antibiotics when medically necessary benefits food safety and improves animal welfare and environmental sustainability. Sanderson exhibits transparency in agriculture and food production which increases consumer trust and confidence.
There’s strong evidence antibiotics used in livestock and poultry are not driving antibiotic resistance in humans, that responsible use of antibiotics minimizes agriculture’s environmental impact, and unsafe antibiotic residue in food from animals is uncommon. While science is the foundation of those findings, and decision-making processes people use to form opinions are complex, it can be discouraging when groups or individuals choose to support science only when it agrees with issues upon which they’ve made up their minds.