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How Much Resistant Bacteria is Created by Agricultural Antibiotics?

Public health advocates, environmentalists and many doctors are worried that the overuse and misuse of antibiotics is making bacteria more resistant. Bacterial resistance to antibiotics means longer, more serious and more costly illnesses.

While misuse of antibiotics for human health problems is definitely a concern, of even greater concern is the preponderance of antibiotics used on farm animals. Antibiotics are used on industrial farms not just to treat sick animals but also to spur growth and offset the health effects of crowding and poor sanitation.

Scientific American reports:

"... [R]esearchers estimate that up to 70 percent of all antibiotics sold in the U.S. are given to healthy food animals to artificially expedite their growth and compensate for the effects of unsanitary farm conditions."

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