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#FarmerFriday: Celebrating Farmers Who Raise Animals Without Antibiotic Overuse

Farmer Friday provides a weekly opportunity to feature and thank farmers who raise their animals without routine antibiotic use. By using these drugs responsibly, these livestock producers are helping to ensure that antibiotics work for future generations.

Join us! Each Friday, thank a farmer you know who raises animals without antibiotic overuse on Facebook, Twitter, or face-to-face.

Each year, at least 23,000 Americans die and 2 million are sickened because of bacterial infections resistant to antibiotics. Why are our antibiotics becoming less effective while bacteria grow stronger?

Antibiotic overuse on industrial farms is a big part of the problem. The largest U.S. meat and poultry producers feed antibiotics to healthy animals on a daily basis to make them grow faster and to compensate for the overcrowded and unsanitary conditions in which they are bred and slaughtered. Hundreds of studies conducted over the past four decades demonstrate that these practices breed superbugs that end up in our air and water, our food, and ultimately our bodies. When they infect us, antibiotic-resistant bacteria are more difficult and costly to fight and more likely to cause death.

 

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Boulder Lamb

Shelburne Farms

Ferndale Market 

Bull Brook Keep 

White Oak Pastures 

April Joy Farm 

Coon Creek Family Farm

Lamppost Farm 

Meadow Haven Farm

Rosmann Family Farms

Shire Gate Farm

Rustic Road Farm

Chapel Hill Creamery

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