Antibiotic Overdose

Antibiotics have been called the “health care miracle of the last 500 years." But, the rampant use of antibiotics as growth promoters in industrial food animal production has put this health care miracle at risk. In North Carolina alone, the estimated volume of antibiotics used to grow food animals faster exceeds all U.S. use of antibiotics for human medicine. The result is an ever-increasing prevalence of resistant disease-causing organisms that experts say erode the effectiveness of antibiotics in curing disease in humans. The country of Denmark banned the subtherapeutic use of antibiotics in 1998 and has experienced a decline in antibiotic resistant pathogens along with a strong meat industry.

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