Antibiotics for Healthy Animals?

The Pew Charitable Trusts shares an infographic on the alarmingly record-high number of antibiotics used in meat and poultry production. According to the article, “the same antibiotics used to treat sick people are also given to healthy animals — in much greater numbers — to make them grow faster and to compensate for overcrowded and unsanitary conditions. These practices are contributing to the emergence of drug-resistant superbugs that make infections more difficult and costly to treat.” For people who think that natural and organic food are just marketing ploys of food manufacturers, explain then how the intake of meat and poultry that have been unnecessarily given antibiotics is healthy. If humans don’t take antibiotics unless necessary, shouldn’t we extend the same practice to the food we eat?

This infographic from shows record-high data on antibiotic sales… for meat and poultry production