Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine recently estimated that up to 162,000 Americans die each year from antibiotic resistant infections, which would make them the third leading cause of death in the United States.
The World Health Organization, American Academy of Pediatrics and several other health experts warn that the widespread overuse of antibiotics on factory farms is putting our health at risk.
Nearly two thirds of medically important antibiotics sold in the U.S. are for use on factory farms. We know we can get factory farms to stop misusing our life-saving medicines if their biggest customers commit to buying meat that’s been raised without routine antibiotics.
Over the past few years we’ve helped convince McDonald’s, Subway, KFC and others to commit to stop buying chicken raised on antibiotics important to human medicine. The result? In the near future, we estimate that nearly half the chicken in this country will be raised without the routine use of medically important antibiotics. We’re talking billions of chickens each year.