Supermoms Against Superbugs 2014 Advocacy Day

On Wednesday, May 7, more than 30 moms, dads, and other caregivers visited Washington to demand action to end antibiotic overuse on industrial farms.

These supermoms know that the more antibiotics are used, the less effective they become. This is especially troubling considering that up to 70 percent of antibiotic use in farm animals, and 50 percent of such use in people, is unnecessary. This overuse has resulted in the development of drug-resistant bacteria that sicken at least 2 million Americans and kill 23,000 every year.

The good news is that this trend is reversible. We just need to persuade the Food and Drug Administration and Congress to take action today.


Meet the Supermoms and Superdads

Our 33 moms and dads hail from 15 states across the country and have diverse backgrounds. They include doctors on the front lines of the superbug battle, parents of children who fought resistant infections, and farmers who have committed to raising their livestock without antibiotic overuse.


Stand With the Supermoms

Couldn't make it to Washington for Supermoms Against Superbugs? Don't worry—you can still help! Please take a minute and ask your members of Congress to act now to help end antibiotic overuse on the farm.


Antibiotics and Industrial Farming 101

Get up to speed on the science behind antibiotic resistance and the farming practices that contribute to the rise of superbugs by checking out our key fact sheets, videos, and reports.


Pew's Human Health and Industrial Farming Campaign

In addition to supermoms, Pew works with scientists, chefs, doctors, farmers, and other leaders to help educate the public, strengthen antibiotic regulations, and encourage schools, hospitals, and other large institutions to buy more meat raised without antibiotics.


Additional Resources

Composite image of modern city network communication concept

Learn the Basics of Broadband from Our Limited Series

Sign up for our four-week email course on Broadband Basics

Quick View

How does broadband internet reach our homes, phones, and tablets? What kind of infrastructure connects us all together? What are the major barriers to broadband access for American communities?

Pills illustration
Pills illustration

What Is Antibiotic Resistance—and How Can We Fight It?

Sign up for our four-week email series The Race Against Resistance.

Quick View

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, also known as “superbugs,” are a major threat to modern medicine. But how does resistance work, and what can we do to slow the spread? Read personal stories, expert accounts, and more for the answers to those questions in our four-week email series: Slowing Superbugs.