We need to save antibiotics for medicine, not factory farms
Every single day, factory farms are feeding their animals routine, low doses of antibiotics to prevent disease in filthy, crowded living conditions. In fact, 80% of the antibiotics used in the U.S. are used by agriculture. This overuse creates ideal conditions for bacteria to evolve resistance to those antibiotics faster than we can find new ways to beat them. Over two million Americans suffer from an antibiotic-resistant infection every year, and 23,000 people die from them.
The FDA has known about the misuse of antibiotics since the 1970s, but has not required factory farms to stop this dangerous practice. We can’t count on Big Ag to do this voluntarily. Ask your members of Congress to pass a common-sense law to stop factory farms from misusing antibiotics.
Food & Water Watch’s campaign to save antibiotics
We need Congress to pass a law to stop this dangerous and unnecessary practice, and in order to do that, we need to raise awareness about the problem and show that there is widespread demand for action. We’ve seen a groundswell of support from people across the country who want to save our medicine, and we work with them to educate communities around the country and help them to pass local resolutions against the misuse of antibiotics on factory farms. Check out the resolutions that have already passed, and learn how you can pass one in your community.