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: