The amount of antibiotics sold for use in food animals in the United States? About 28.8 million pounds in 2009.
The proportion of anitbiotics that go to livestock instead of human beings? Roughly 80%.
The reason to feed anti-biotics to livestock? Something called “Non-Therapeutic Use”, in other words, they ain’t using them to cure infections, rather agri-business is using them for growth and feed efficiency.
Not to mince words, but this is unbelievably stupid. As The Center for a Livable Future writes:
…all low-dose usage of antibiotics can lead to a significant increase in antibiotic resistance. As Dr. Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of penicillin warned, “It is not difficult to make microbes resistant to penicillin in the laboratory by exposing them to concentrations not sufficient to kill them, and the same thing has occasionally happened in the body.”
With all of the nonsense noise surrounding a great majority of our food supply, I can’t help but thing that a fair number of people in charge of it come across as both greedy and dense.