Agricultural antibiotic use predicted to rise 67 percent, fueling a drug-resistant superbug epidemic

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
By Paul Martin

by: Sandy J. Duncan
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The global meat industry is booming as more and more of the population can afford to consume mass quantities of meat. The demand keeps increasing and the “fatted calf” keeps growing thanks to many industrial livestock producers pumping our meat sources full of antibiotics to keep up with the staggering market. The end result is creating a mess for all of us and could quickly become a life and death situation according to a newly released study conducted at Princeton University.

According to the report in the next 15 years antibiotic use in animals is expected to skyrocket globally by 67 percent.

Many developing countries are injecting livestock so full of antibiotics that they are dangerously increasing the risk of developing drug-resistant super bugs. The four main countries responsible for the estimated increases according to the Princeton study are China, Brazil, India and Russia. The paper cautioned everyone to consider the dangerous ramifications that this increased use of antibiotics in our animals may create. This could cause a scenario where common infections turn quickly fatal as they no longer respond to the drugs which have worked in the past.

Changing diets and increasing demand

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