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The Dangers of Antibiotic Overuse

The overuse of antibiotics in farmed animals has scientists and consumers worried. Factory farmed animals are fed a constant dose of antibiotics so they survive the deplorable conditions they are submitted to. The result is the increasing resistance of bacteria to antibiotics. Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.), a former microbiologist who has a master's degree in public health, says, "If people don't believe in evolution, they should look at staphylococcus. Your body used to be able to take care of it. But now it can kill you. It's evolved." Her answer is H.R. 1549: the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act of 2009. The legislation's approach is very simple, Slaughter says: "The bill preserves the seven most effective classes of antibiotics for human use only. They can be used to treat sick animals, but they can't be used to simply raise animals." To read the full article please search online for Gut check: just say no to antibacterial burgers.

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