Issue Brief

Industrial Farms and Antibiotic Resistance

Basic information on antibiotics, their use on industrial animal farms, and the problem of antibiotic resistance from the Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming.

A drug that kills bacteria or suppresses their ability to grow. Used mainly interchangeably with “antimicrobial.”

Antibiotic resistance
The ability of bacteria to withstand the effects of an antibiotic or group of antibiotics.

Industrial animal farm
Large numbers of farm animals of the same species confined in relatively small areas in order to streamline and standardize their growth and production for food.

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