The Worst Antibiotic Misuse Occurs On Industrial Farms

Action alert from Iowa PIRG (Public Interest Research Group)

With millions of Americans falling ill from antibiotic-resistant infections every year, we need to keep up the momentum for responsible antibiotic use in all settings, including on industrial farms that misuse these life-saving medicines.

Join our call today.

Antibiotics are a pillar of modern medicine, saving countless lives since being introduced in the 1940s.

But the overuse of these medicines has led to a rise in antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” that kill more than 23,000 Americans every year, with experts warning it could get a lot worse.1 Some of the worst misuse occurs on industrial farms — in fact, around 70 percent of antibiotics sold in the U.S. are intended for use in livestock and poultry.2

Iowa PIRG and our national network are working to convince top restaurant chains to stop serving meat from farms that misuse antibiotics — with a goal of shifting the meat industry and, more importantly, saving lives. Will you join us today?

Yes, I’ll add my name to stand up for food raised without the routine use of human antibiotics.

Together, we’ve already pushed McDonald’s, Subway, KFC and others to phase out chicken raised on the routine use of antibiotics. The result? In the near future, we estimate that about half the chicken in this country will be raised without the routine use of medically important antibiotics.3

We’re talking billions of chickens a year.

But your support today, combined with the support of thousands of other engaged citizens, can help us do more to combat antibiotic resistance and ensure a healthier, safer future for our children and grandchildren.

Research shows the majority of top restaurants have not adopted antibiotics policies for pork and beef — so we’re ramping up our campaign to convince top restaurant chains like McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s to eliminate routine antibiotics from their entire meat supply chains.

We have to keep up the momentum to protect antibiotics. Trish, will you add your name to our call to action?

Thank you for standing with us,

Steve Blackledge
Policy Advisor

1. “Antibiotic/Antimicrobial Resistance,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, March 29, 2018.
2. “Drug companies push to weaken efficacy standards,” The Hill, April 30, 2018.
3. “Chain Reaction III,” U.S. PIRG Education Fund, September 2017.

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