This article discusses how large factory farms’ routine use of antibiotics are the biggest cause of drug-resistant bacteria. The numbers and types of drug-resistant bacteria are increasing, and are causing more illnesses and deaths. The article discusses pending legislation, H.R. 1549, that would require factory farms to reduce their overuse of antibiotics, and find ways to produce food that are safer for public health.
Dr. Ali Khan, Deputy Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told Congress this week that the evidence implicating the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture in the creation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is “unequivocal and compelling.”
The widespread use of antibiotics in animal agriculture does slightly increase the yield and profit margin obtained by factory farms. But do the American people really think that preserving the profitability of factory farming is more important than the future viability of what may be the most significant medical tool ever developed?