Overused Antibiotics Antibiotics in Our food

Antibiotics have been in use since their creation the stop the growth of bacteria in the body; the first antibiotic was penicillin. It was used for a variety of things, a simple cold, syphilis, and any sort of bacterial infection. With the creation of antibiotics we have been able to fight bacteria and been able to cure people of infections that would have killed them. In the 1950's farmers found a different use other than fighting disease: increased growth rate of livestock.

Over 90% of all antibiotics are used on livestock

Over the last 90 years antibiotics have been used to fight disease and increase growth rate of livestock, but this overuse has caused a new problem. Due to the constant use of antibiotics certain bacteria has become immune to it; these bacteria are called Nightmare Bacteria, they cannot be treated with antibiotics and have a high mortality rate.

CDC estimates that more than 400,000 U.S. residents become ill with infections caused by antibiotic-resistant food-borne bacteria every year, and at least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections.

In March 2015 people convince McDonald’s to stop serving chicken that used antibiotics. Then Tyson Foods, a McDonald's supplier, also committed to stop selling chickens that use antibiotics for growth. In October 2015 Subway, made a commitment to stop serving any meat raised on antibiotics, starting with chicken by the end of 2016.

In the United States, approximately 9 billion chickens are killed for their flesh each year.

More and more companies are joining the anti antibiotic movement.

To join the cause, anyone can sign our petition on our website to get local businesses to also stop the use of meat that was raised using antibiotics. We also will have a stand at the local farmers markets in Hillsboro to help change what we eat.


uspirg. Stop The Overuse Of Antibiotics on Factory Farms. Retrieved February 23, 2017, from http://www.uspirg.org/issues/usp/stop-overuse-antibiotics-factory-farms-0

CDC. Protecting the Food Supply. (2016, November 15). Retrieved February 23, 2017, from https://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/protecting_food-supply.html

PETA. Chickens Used for Food. (n.d.). Retrieved February 23, 2017, from http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/factory-farming/chickens/

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