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Factory Farms Use 30 Million Pounds of Antibiotics a Year (and You're Eating Some of It)
December 21, 2010
For the first time ever, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) compiled and released the amount of antibiotics used in animals raised for people to eat, and the amount is even higher than previous estimates from environmental advocacy groups.
The FDA concludes that in 2009 alone, farmers used nearly 30 million pounds of antibiotics.
A cocktail of drugs, often the same types people rely on, are routinely used to make animals grow faster and to help keep them alive in filthy, crowded conditions that stress them and compromise their immune systems. The concentration of animals and the speedier growth make meat cheaper at the grocery store, but also produce a health threat.