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Hamburger Central Breeds Antibiotic Resistance

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  • In 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officially banned the use of antibiotics on CAFOs for the purpose of growth promotion and now requires a veterinary prescription for antibiotics on the farms
  • CAFOs saw little ramifications from the ban, which allows them to continue dispensing antibiotics as usual for purposes of disease prevention
  • In all, an estimated 80 percent of the antibiotics used in the U.S. are used by industrial agriculture, with industry veterinarians continuing to support their everyday use
  • Between 2000 and 2015, human consumption of antibiotics has risen by 65 percent, reaching 42 billion doses a year
  • Every year, 400,000 Americans get sick from antibiotic-resistant foodborne bacteria

By Dr. Mercola

In August 2017, PBS News featured a concise overview of how concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) serve as breeding grounds for antibiotic-resistant superbugs — and how farmers have the power to change that by raising their animals in a more natural way. Perhaps most disturbing is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) lack of action on this issue, even as antibiotic-resistant disease becomes a pressing public health threat.


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