Your Meat Is Making You Sicker Than Ever (But Not for the Reason You Think)

A new report from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has some startling news: We’re using more antibiotics than ever in our animals. Farm animals received 16% more anitbiotics in 2012 than they did in 2009, and about 80% of those antibiotics were given to animals that would eventually become our meat.

Antibiotics protect those cows, pigs and chickens — and protect farmers from having to pay costly veterinary bills or losing animals to disease. But using too many antibiotics leads to new strains of germs that are drug-resistant.

The CDC has some bad news about those antibiotic-resistant bugs:

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