You might think that after scares such as the antibiotic resistant superbugs developing across the globe—and resulting in the deaths of hundreds of people—we might be a little more careful about our antibiotic use. But no, it’s still being sold in hand soap, being prescribed for the smallest things (just ask a pediatrician; they’re happy to dispense it like drug dealers to parents who ask for it), and, maybe worst of all, being added to the food we eat.
It’s not injected into packaged food, of course; it’s given to animals to prevent them from becoming sick and diseased due to their horribly sick and diseased conditions. In fact, 70 percent of the antibiotics used in this country are used on livestock in industrial farms. This is being attributed to more strands of MRSA and E. coli, which cause the deaths of more people in America than diseases like AIDS—an atrocity that laws could completely prevent.
Of course, we could easily circumvent this by A. eating less farmed animals and B. treating them better with free range conditions instead of the packed, back-to-back cages they are typically kept in.
You can ask Congress to mandate that our food be antibiotic-free here.