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Ending the Abuse of Antibiotics in Livestock Production

Over 70% of antibiotics in classes used in human medicine are sold for use in food animals.  This is typically done to increase the speed at which animals gain weight or to prevent disease caused by unhealthy and unsanitary conditions. The use of antibiotics – many of which are identical (or nearly so) to human medicines such as those containing penicillin, tetracycline, erythromycin, and sulfonamide - in livestock production on this massive scale accelerates the development of drug-resistant bacteria, which can then find their way to the human population through numerous pathways. Once replicated in animals, resistant bacteria can make their way to humans through contaminated food, airborne dust blowing off farms, and water and soil polluted with contaminated feces. The CDC conservatively estimates that 23,000 Americans die from illness caused by drug-resistant bacteria each year.

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Stop the Superbugs: Local Doctors, Health Groups Call for End to Antibiotic Abuse on Factory Farms

Local doctors and health organizations called upon the Obama Administration today to immediately restrict the use of antibiotics on factory farms when animals are not sick. The doctors are part of a nationwide coalition of more than 4,000 medical professionals working against the declining effectiveness of antibiotics due to overuse and misuse.

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Overuse of antibiotics leads to ineffectiveness

Letter to the Editor in Chicago Tribune: President Barack Obama should not wait another day to protect public health, and should act now to ban the misuse of antibiotics on factory farms.

Open letter from medical and other groups calling on President Obama to direct the FDA to ban the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms.

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Illinois consumers call on Jewel-Osco to label GMOs

The Rock River Times reported on the launch of Illinois PIRG Education Fund's campaign calling on Jewel-Osco to label its store-brand foods that contain GMOs.

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