24 Jul '12, 4pm

In the US almost 80% of all the nation's #antibiotics are wasted on healthy farm animals.

Environmental Issues: Food and Agriculture Saving Antibiotics What You Need to Know About Antibiotics Abuse on Farms TAKE ACTION Tell the FDA Help put pressure on the FDA to finally end the dangerous misuse of antibiotics on livestock. Antibiotics are not necessary for livestock production but they are essential to modern medicine. Find out why they are used on farms, the problems they pose and what you can do to keep you and your family healthy. Why are antibiotics used on farm animals? Since the 1950s, it has become routine practice in many countries to add low levels of antibiotics to the feed or water of healthy poultry, cattle, and swine to promote faster growth and prevent infections that tend to occur when animals are housed in crowded, unsanitary conditions. photo: Eduardo Amorim/Flickr Why is the use of antibiotics on farms a problem? The unnecessary use of antibi...

Full article: http://www.nrdc.org/food/saving-antibiotics.asp

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