Piglets are given antibiotics after weaning to ward off illness. After that, the animals are given antibiotics that promote faster growth with less feed. Regularly giving low doses of antibiotics to animals breeds resistant bacteria. The resistant bacteria can then spread to people who eat meat, .have physical contact with the animals or their byproducts, or drink water exposed to farm runoff.
Piglets are given antibiotics after weaning to ward off illness. After that, the animals are given antibiotics that promote faster growth with less feed. Regularly giving low doses of antibiotics to animals breeds resistant bacteria. The resistant bacteria can then spread to people who eat meat, .have physical contact with the animals or their byproducts, or drink water exposed to farm runoff. Brian C. Frank New York Times file
Piglets are given antibiotics after weaning to ward off illness. After that, the animals are given antibiotics that promote faster growth with less feed. Regularly giving low doses of antibiotics to animals breeds resistant bacteria. The resistant bacteria can then spread to people who eat meat, .have physical contact with the animals or their byproducts, or drink water exposed to farm runoff. Brian C. Frank New York Times file

California should end the misuse of antibiotics in farm animals

May 09, 2015 05:00 PM

UPDATED May 10, 2015 12:00 AM

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