If We Want Antibiotics to Work, Consumers Have to Put Big Pressure on Factory Farms

By Christy Spees

Works to promote corporate accountability to ensure a safe and sustainable food system for As You Sow. This article was produced by Earth | Food | Life, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

 
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According to the World Health Organization, antibiotic resistance is one of the top 10 threats to global public health in 2019. When antibiotic medications are overused or misused, resistant bacteria can spread, causing treatments for common (and often serious) illnesses to become ineffective. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 2 million Americans contract an antibiotic-resistant infection every year and 23,000 will die from it.

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