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Meat-Eaters: Contributing to the Superbug Problem


Antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" are on track to kill more people than cancer, the UK's chief financial minister will warn Thursday.
Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch, for example, said in 2013, "Right now, 80 percent of the antibiotics used in the U.S. are used for industrial agriculture, and most of these drugs are routinely fed to animals to make them grow faster and compensate for filthy conditions. This is done to help the meat industry execute on its highly consolidated business model for profit. And the American public pays through antibiotic-resistant infections."

Plus, there are still doctors who prescribe antibiotics to "see if this works" when someone shows up at their office sick. Stupid doctors.

By min | April 18, 2016, 3:25 PM | Science


That's not meat-eaters per se, it's the meat industry. And the American meat industry is worse than most. Standards here in Europe are somewhat higher (though that may change if they pass TTIP), so there's less antibiotic use.

Agree about the stupid doctors though.