Eighty percent of antibiotics sold in the United States do not go to human patients, but to many of our plates through pigs, cows, turkeys and chickens. As the use of antibiotics increased and became a mainstay of modern agriculture, factory farms began churning out a far less welcome commodity, antibiotic resistant bacteria. The effects of antibiotic resistance is expected to claim the lives of 10 million people by 2050. Not only is the Nation’s health at risk but the welfare of the animals who are routinely pumped full of these antibiotics.
This week, Food Integrity Now spoke with Maryn McKenna, journalist and author of Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats. McKenna shares a cautionary tale of an industry that lost its way and shows us the way back to healthier eating. This is a must listen to interview for anyone who care about the quality of food and animal welfare. Listen to this important interview below:
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