The Village Council of Corrales is calling on Congress to stop the overuse of antibiotics on industrial livestock operations. Corrales is a bucolic village north of Albuquerque, home to about 8,500 people, some of whom keep farm animals.
Village councilor Ennio Garcia-Miera sponsored the resolution, which passed this week on a 5-to-1 vote. "It’s very much Corrales," he said. "We are a farming, agricultural community. We’re a very green village. That’s part of our culture."
Antibiotics are given to livestock so they gain weight quickly, according to the Food and Drug Administration. But the FDA recommends antibiotics be reserved for medical necessity, because overuse results in drug-resistant bacteria, widely considered a threat to public health.
Corrales joins about 50 other municipalities nationally that have passed similar measures. Though the village is small, Garcia-Miera says the move represents change from the bottom up.