Overuse of antibiotics is breeding deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can spread to humans.
(PRWEB) May 06, 2011
Some 70 percent of the antibiotics in use in the United States are used not on humans, but on cattle that are not even sick. Many large producers of meat and poultry feed these drugs – more than 25 million pounds of them a year, according to the Food and Drug Administration – to their healthy food animals simply to offset the effects of overcrowding and poor sanitation, and to promote faster growth. Health blog website http://www.WellWise.org is sponsoring an initiative to raise awareness around the irresponsible use of these drugs.
The U.S. Geological Survey found that 80 percent of 139 streams and rivers across 30 states contain concentrations of 24 antibiotics. Antibiotic overuse has dangerous consequences: Several health bloggers at Wellwise.org have already raised the antibiotic risk topic. Antibiotics that once worked against life-threatening infections – especially for newborns, children, the elderly and others with weakened immune systems – no longer are working. Overuse of antibiotics is breeding deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can spread to humans.
The Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming has begun a campaign it has named “Moms for Antibiotic Awareness,” calling on moms to stand against overuse of antibiotics in cattle operations, and tell Congress to move on pending legislation (The Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act – PAMTA, H.R. 1549, S. 619) that would withdraw the routine use of seven classes of antibiotics important to human health from food-animal production unless animals or herds are sick with disease or unless drug companies can prove that their use does not harm human health.
WellWise.org, the nonprofit website dedicated to spreading science-based information about dietary supplements, nutrition and health strategies, has joined the cause. Read more about Moms for Antibiotic Awareness at Wellwise.org and SaveAntibiotics.org.