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

 

115 comments

Monique D.
Mon D.1 years ago

thank you

Panchali Yapa
Panchali Yapa2 years ago

Thank you

Panchali Yapa
Panchali Yapa2 years ago

Thank you

Doug G.
Doug G.2 years ago

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.

Prima B.
PrimaAWAY B.3 years ago

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......

KS Goh
KS Goh3 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing

Alyssa Huebner
Alyssa Huebner3 years ago

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.

Irina Brenner
Irina Brenner3 years ago

bad ,bad,bad

Sonny Honrado
Sonny Honrado3 years ago

Limit meat dishes.