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What State Uses More Antibiotics on Livestock Than Entire U.S. on Humans?

Thirty-one people in Europe recently died from a little-known strain of E. coli. It is far from the first time such a thing has happened. In the United States, each year 325,000 people are hospitalized, and 5,000 die, as a consequence of food-borne illness. 

However, this fact has still not generated any basic food-safety legislation. The lobbyists of the industrial farming system have blocked most initiatives to make food safer.

As a result, antibiotics can be recklessly given to healthy animals to make them grow faster -- the state of North Carolina uses more antibiotics for livestock than the entire United States uses for humans -- creating a perfect breeding ground for antibiotic-resistant bacteria.


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