CSPI Antibiotics Resistance Project
Center for Science in the Public Interest

Despite antibiotics’ extraordinary value, the overuse of those miracle drugs in medicine and agriculture endangers their continued effectiveness. The more antibiotics are used, the more likely it is that bacteria will develop mechanisms to evade them. The time has come for public and private institutions, as well as the general public, to change their policies and practices to prevent further increases in antibiotic resistance.
 


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Antibiotics are overused in livestock production
While medical use of antibiotics is probably the major contributor to the emergence of antibiotic resistance, agricultural uses also pose a problem.
 
Almost half of all antibiotics produced in the U.S. are used in livestock production.