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Researchers Keep Finding More Ways Our Flawed Agriculture Model Breeds Antibiotic Resistance

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  • By 2050, antibiotic resistance is estimated to kill 10 million people annually, worldwide. At present, at least 23,000 Americans die as a direct result of an antibiotic-resistant infection each year
  • The routine use of antibiotics in livestock is a major driver of drug-resistance. Commonly used herbicides also promote antibiotic resistance by priming pathogens to more readily become resistant to antibiotics
  • DNA from antibiotic-resistant bacteria found in cattle yards are also airborne; in addition to contaminated water and meat, this is yet another route of exposure for animals and humans alike

By Dr. Mercola

American farmers routinely use antibiotics to make their livestock grow bigger and faster (in addition to preventing disease caused by cramped, filthy quarters, and an unnatural diet). As a result of decades of this practice, antibiotic-resistance in humans has dramatically risen.

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