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Friday, August 19, 2011

News of the Day (NotD): Doctors Take Aim At Antibiotic Resistance From Factory Farming

By Lynne Peeples for Huffington Post.

HuMAIN takeaways:

Eighty percent of U.S. antibiotics go to livestock, and 90 percent of that is given to animals in their water or feed -- not necessarily to prevent illness (the doses are too low to kill bacteria, but are just the right amount to bulk them up for a speedier trip to market). It does, however cause antibiotic resistance.

The European Union has banned the use of antibiotics for growth reasons, with no cost to the animals' health .

A 2009 study in the Clinical Infectious Diseases journal found that U.S. hospitals spend more than $20 billion annually on antibiotic-resistant infections.

Check out this "technical review" report from the USDA that they promptly took down after they realized they didn't want you to see it:

Read the article here:

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