Factory Farms Fueling Antibiotic Resistance, CDC Report

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According to FDA figures, 80 percent of antibiotics sold in the United States are used on animals grown for food. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Citing decades of antibiotics overuse, scientists at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) paint a grim future.

“We are approaching a cliff. If we don’t take steps to slow or stop drug resistance, we will fall back to a time when simple infections killed people,” said Dr. Michael Bell, deputy director of CDC’s Healthcare Quality Promotion in a statement.

According to a CDC report released in September 2013, more than two million Americans a year get infections that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 die as a result. While excessive prescriptions in human medicine play a large role, CDC says modern farming practices significantly fuel the crisis.

“Much of antibiotic use in animals is unnecessary and inappropriate and makes everyone less safe,” CDC stated.

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