Did you know that 80% of all antibiotics used in the U.S. are usually used for animal agriculture? President Obama, decided that he’d had enough of it and recently had federal agencies make sure that any meat and poultry served in government run cafeterias were raised antibiotic free. Also, the FDA will require animal producers to obtain the approval of a licensed veterinarians before they’re allowed to use antibiotics to treat diseases to curb antibiotics used for rapid growth.
People are starting to have concerns that the increased use of antibiotics in animals is creating drug resistant bacteria that find their way into humans. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, estimates for the amount of damage caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria is at least $20 billion for healthcare and $35 billion in productivity lost. Not to mention the 2 million illnesses per year just in the U.S. alone along with the 23,000 deaths.
While the government sorts out the problem with antibiotics abuse, the best thing we can do right now is turn to plants: vegetables, grain, legumes, or even try some plant based-meats, milks, ice creams, and even cheeses. Although, you need to make sure that plants you’re eating don’t have any residual pesticides. That’s another problem in and of itself.