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By HoneyColony Staff

The Food and Drug Administration implemented guidelines in 2012 to curb bad practices by the meat industry, which has become increasingly addicted to pumping meat with antibiotics and antibiotic-resistant pathogens.

According to Mother Jones, “The Pew Charitable Trusts crunched the agency’s numbers on antibiotic use on livestock farms and compared them to data on human use of antibiotics to treat illness, and mashed it all into an infographic. Note that that while human antibiotic use has leveled off at below 8 billion pounds annually, livestock farms have been sucking in more and more of the drugs each year — and consumption reached a record nearly 29.9 billion pounds in 2011. To put it another way, the livestock industry is now consuming nearly four-fifths of the antibiotics used in the United States, and its appetite for them is growing.”

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