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What you need to know about antibiotics in livestock

What you need to know about antibiotics in livestock

Although the U.S. may be turning the corner on antibiotics use in animals, we aren’t the only ones using these drugs. China is already the largest consumer of antibiotics for livestock, and Brazil and India are in the top five. Global use of antibiotics in animals is expected to grow by two-thirds by 2030, and much of that growth will be in developing countries. Since bacteria don’t have borders, the U.S. and Europe need to encourage the right kind of antibiotics use in these burgeoning livestock industries abroad. Antibiotics use in livestock will increase as developing countries adopt more advanced practices, so the key is to minimize the resistance pressure and ensure they are used prudently for health reasons, not growth promotion or unspecified “prevention.”

Full article: http://grist.org/food/what-you-need-to-know-about-antibio...

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