Survey reveals growing consumer demand for antibiotic-free meat
Imagine a world where the medicines we use to treat common illnesses, like strep throat and ear infections, no longer work. Public-health advocates argue this kind of public health crisis could fast become a reality if antibiotic use in the agriculture industry is not reduced or eliminated. Currently, 80 percent of antibiotics sold in the U.S. are used by the meat and poultry industries to accelerate the growth (fatten) of most beef, chicken and pork sold in U.S. supermarkets. This practice is believed to result in "superbugs," bacteria resistant to one or more antibiotics that can cause deadly diseases in humans.
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