antibiotics

Antibiotics: If This Doesn’t Convince You, Nothing Will

As a child I had strep throat on a regular basis. The doctor would diagnose me by putting a giant Q-tip into the back of my throat to check for bacteria. I was given penicillin, amoxicillin, and tetracycline - at least those are the names of the antibiotics that I remember.

Antibiotics (Misused)

Confirmed by the FDA: In the US, 80% of all antimicrobial drugs are administered to animals. Yet another way in which industrial livestock production threatens human health.

Antibiotics

Factory farms administer antibiotics to farm animals to promote growth and compensate for filthy conditions. Learn how this threatens human health.

The Meatrix

Learn the truth about industrial agriculture through our award-winning Meatrix movies!

Meat Without Drugs

Consumers Union released the report, "Meat on Drugs" and, in partnership with FixFood, launched the Meat Without Drugs campaign to inspire action.

On Food and Pharmaceuticals

The impacts of industrial agriculture are a regular topic of discussion here on Ecocentric, but we've never delved into the complex relationship and alarming connections between our drug industry and our food industry, so we decided to take a look.

Water Quality

Industrial agriculture is among the leading sources of water pollution in the United States today.

Public Health

From antibiotic resistance to arsenic contamination, learn how industrial agriculture threatens public health.

Food Safety

Increasingly large and frequent outbreaks of foodborne illness demonstrate industrial agriculture's failure to provide safe food. Learn how food safety is addressed now - and how these efforts should be improved.

Antibiotics

Bacteria are everywhere, including on the skin and in the digestive system of humans. While bacteria are critical to normal bodily functions, some types can cause illness. In humans, antibiotics are used to treat health conditions caused by bacteria, including ear and skin infections, food poisoning, pneumonia, meningitis and other serious illnesses. Antibiotics are also used to treat or prevent infections that can complicate critical medical procedures including surgery, cancer therapy, and transplants.

The Rise of Antibiotic Resistance: Consequences of FDA’s Inaction

Dr. Robert S. Lawrence, professor of Environmental Health Sciences, Health Policy, and International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and founding director of the Center for a Livable Future, writes: "By allowing big food to self-regulate when it comes to using antibiotics as a growth promoter in animals, the FDA is setting us up for disaster."

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