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With all our sophisticated technology you would think that at the least we would be able to keep our modern society safe and healthy. But yet, we have a food system that is now leading us into a global public health crisis which would take us back to the dark ages of medicine; the days when a simple cut or even a tooth infection could lead to severe sickness and even death.

In the US eighty percent of the antibiotics used to treat infection are fed to factory farmed animals to help them grow faster and larger leading to antibiotic-resistant bacteria superbugs. According to the Center for Disease Control 23,000 Americans die each year because of these antibiotic-resistant super bugs and millions more get sick.

Even if you don't eat meat or live near a factory farm the failure of antibiotics impacts you.

Check out this great graphic from Food and Water Watch which illustrates how this happens:

We can do something about this crisis. Let's get congress to pass the bill to stop the use of unnecessary antibiotics in livestock -- HR 1150, the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA) and S 1256, the Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act (PARA). Tell Congress to End the Overuse of Antibiotics on Factory Farms

Originally posted to beach babe in fl on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 06:49 AM PDT.

Also republished by Meatless Advocates Meetup.

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