The meat industry pumps livestock with antibiotics. How much are they putting in, and why is this a growing concern?
Is The Future Of Antibiotics At The Bottom Of The Ocean?:
Antibiotic Use In Meat Is Soaring
“Soaring demand for meat across the world has caused a major uptick in the amount of antimicrobial drugs in pork, beef and poultry, according to a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.”
Antibiotics in Livestock: F.D.A. Finds Use Is Rising
“The amount of antibiotics sold for use in livestock rose substantially in recent years, according to the Food and Drug Administration, a pattern that experts said was troubling given the efforts to battle antibiotic resistance in humans.”
Is Your Meat Safe?
“Ranchers and farmers have been feeding antibiotics to the animals we eat since they discovered decades ago that small doses of antibiotics administered daily would make most animals gain as much as 3 percent more weight than they otherwise would. In an industry where profits are measured in pennies per animal, such weight gain was revolutionary.”
U.S. meat industry bought more human antibiotics to 2013: FDA
“Sales of medically important antibiotics in the United States for use in livestock jumped by 20 percent between 2009 and 2013, federal regulators said on Friday, although recent statements by producers suggest those figures could be dropping.”
“Antibiotics and similar drugs, together called antimicrobial agents, have been used for the last 70 years to treat patients who have infectious diseases.”
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