It's Not Chicken Feed: Antibiotic resistance adds billions to health care costs

It's Not Chicken Feed: Antibiotic resistance adds billions to health care costs

To reform health care we need to reduce health care costs, and that includes reducing the drug-resistant diseases that cost our country billions. This means stopping the misuse of the antibiotics our families rely on. Many industrial farms routinely feed these drugs to chickens and livestock that aren't sick, which promotes the development of deadly antibiotic-resistant infections.

It's time to limit the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture to treating diagnosed diseases. Support H.R. 1549 and S. 619, the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA).

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