Antibiotics are critical, life-saving drugs. Yet, 80% of the antibiotics sold in the US go to factory farms, primarily for animals being raised for meat. Antibiotics help them to grow faster and their use aims to prevent infection in the crowded, unsanitary conditions that the animals endure. This irresponsible use has led to the development of antibiotic resistance on the farm. ‘Superbugs’ – antibiotic-resistant bacteria – are making their way to us through the air, the water and our meat. Now, life-saving drugs may not be effective when we most need them.

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