Bacterial resistance to antibiotics is a serious public health concern—and the use of antibiotics in animal feed is a primary source of the problem. A startling 30 million pounds of antibiotics are sold annually for animal agriculture, making up 80% of all antibiotics used in the U.S The vast majority of antibiotic use in agriculture is used not to treat sick animals, but to promote weight gain in poultry and livestock, thereby allowing animal factories to produce animals for market faster and more cheaply.
In recent years, an additional source of antibiotics in animal feed has been unveiled from an unlikely fuel manufacturing process – corn ethanol production.
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