The Overuse of Antibiotics in Livestock Feed Is Killing Us

Over 70,000 Americans die each year because of antibiotic resistance, thanks to the overuse of antibiotics in medical treatments, factory farming and soaps.

"These precious drugs aren't even used to treat sick animals. They are used to fatten pigs and speed the growth of chickens. The result of this rampant overuse is clear: meat contaminated with drug-resistant bacteria sits on supermarket shelves all over America." Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Dwight Rousu - Jan 27, 2010 - 2:46 AM PST
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Dwight Rousu
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by Dwight Rousu - Jan. 29, 2010

The article covers the story of antibiotic resistant bacteria spreading because agribusiness and pharma have influenced the FDA and congress into not acting to protect the public. Current efforts to correct the situation are related.

An antibiotic resistant staph infection was the immediate cause of my father's death. Such infections are serious.

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Benjamin Slade
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by Benjamin Slade - Jan. 27, 2010

This article raises one of those issues that is vitally important, but doesn't often get much press.

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Naomi Isler
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by Naomi Isler - Jan. 27, 2010

It's a good over view of a major public health problem that gets very little attention.

This is at least the third time that similar articles have been posted. It documents the influence of corporations before the recent Supreme Court ruling. Think about what it will belike later!

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Michelle Figaro
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by Michelle Figaro - May. 10, 2010

The article needs more sources, but seems fairly cited. The overuse of antibiotics in meat, mainly to keep the cattle healthy and delicious until slaughter day, is going to catch up with us.

This is such an important topic that I wish it was just as popular as recycling. Eating "no hormone/antibiotic induced cows" should be added to the slow-growing "grass-fed cows" incentive. Big Ag and Big Pharma both profit immesnley from pushing antibiotics on livestock, at the expense of our lives and livleyhood. Possibly by pushing places like McDonalds, Chipotle, Hardee's, Wendy's etc to use such hormone/antibiotic free cattle we could vastly help the cause.

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