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A jaw-dropping fact about antibiotics in the United States

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From Liberty Blitzkrieg:
 
Care for a side of horse meat with that dose of tetracycline in your chicken wings? Recovery never tasted so good! Basically since 2003, antibiotic use for sick people is flat, but up 50% for use in the meat industry. These stats are shocking. From Mother Jones:

 
Last year, the Food and Drug Administration proposed a set of voluntary "guidelines" designed to nudge the meat industry to curb its antibiotics habit. Ever since, the agency has been mulling whether and how to implement the new program.
 
Meanwhile, the meat industry has been merrily gorging away on antibiotics – and churning out meat rife with antibiotic-resistant pathogens – if the latest data from the FDA itself is any indication.
 
Note that that while human antibiotic use has leveled off at below 8 billion pounds annually, livestock farms have been sucking in more and more of the drugs each year – and consumption reached a record nearly 29.9 billion pounds in 2011.
 
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