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After several decades of insufficient action to curtail the abuse of life-saving antibiotics on factory farms by the
The vast majority of antibiotics sold in the U.S. (80 percent) are used for agriculture, and most of these drugs are routinely fed to animals to compensate for filthy, crowded living conditions on factory farms.
"The science is clear and the medical community is in agreement - unless we act soon to end the irresponsible use of antibiotics, they won't work when we really need them," said Food & Water Watch Executive Director
Food & Water Watch considers
"Antibiotic resistance is a lot like the 'global warming' crisis of clinical medicine," said Seattle Councilmember Mike O'Brien. "It's a serious problem which will only worsen unless we take immediate action at all levels of government."
Efforts to save antibiotics for medicine have faced resistance from corporate stakeholders. According to Food & Water Watch analysis of data provided by Open Secrets, between 2010 and 2013, organizations and companies that lobbied against PAMTA spent over
Cities that have passed resolutions calling for an end to the misuse of antibiotics on factory farms include
For more information: http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/food/factoryfarms/antibiotics/
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