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80% of Antibiotics in the U.S. Go to Factory Farms

Do you know who the top purchaser of antibiotics in the US is? And why it matters?

While large private and public hospitals may come to mind, or perhaps one of the national pharmacy chains, you would be mistaken.

“The FDA estimates that 80% of the antimicrobial drugs sold in the U.S. every year now go to the meat industry.”

This thought alone is jarring, but there is more to the story and it’s not pretty. In the video above, Dr. Greger explains how factory farms are becoming factories not only for animal cruelty, but for antibiotic resistant diseases.

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For those who believe that “organic, humanely-raised” animal products are a solution to this problem, please click on the links below to learn more about why they are not an ethical or viable option.

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To learn more about the humane meat myth click here.

To learn more about the eco-friendly animal products myth click here.

To learn more about backyard eggs click here.

To learn more about where slaughterhouse byproducts go click here.

To learn more about free-range poultry and cage free eggs click here: Chickens, Turkeys

 

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Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

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11:49AM PDT on Sep 15, 2014

thank you

3:11AM PDT on Aug 1, 2014

Thank you

11:31AM PDT on Jul 14, 2014

Thank you

5:32PM PST on Nov 9, 2013

Ironies. Many contend that in order to feed an ever expanding human population, we need to have GMO and CAFO's. Neither is natural, either for plants or animals, given the fact, they impregnate plants with pesticide and feed antibiotics like candy to animals condemned to live horrible existences, and in the end, it comes back on the species at the heart of all the problems.
Many espouse the virtues of Capitalism but that too is increasingly coming back to haunt its maker(people). The October 22 2013 edition of Frontline illuminates further the potential for disaster from various strains of Gram negative bacteria and the need for profit vs advancements in antibiotic therapies, in which the profit motive so far takes precedence, at least at present. Oh, the irony. I love it.
It does seem ironic that what society espouses is largely responsible for future impacts to it.

5:44PM PDT on Aug 25, 2013

This is sad. What this does to animals alone. it makes them unable to barely move.They look like they are walking on tip toes...there is a huge range of pain and abuse the animals.

It takes away antibiotics from us but THINK ABOUT THE TORTURE THESE ANIMALS GO THROUGH and YOU TOO MANY STILL EAT THEM......

1:35AM PDT on Aug 25, 2013

Thanks for the article.

5:41AM PDT on Aug 22, 2013

thanks for sharing

9:37AM PDT on Aug 18, 2013

Lawrence T.: The Federal Government have been intervening: on the side of BigAG and the pharmaceutical companies. As long as lobbyists and special interests dictate policy, as long as any government officials accept tainted big business money that always has strings attached, as long as the Citizen's United supreme court decision stands unchallenged, business as usual will reign, and the downward spiral will continue.

6:12AM PDT on Aug 17, 2013

bad ,bad,bad

8:46PM PDT on Aug 15, 2013

Limit meat dishes.

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