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A Prescription for Disease: Misuse of antibiotics in agriculture poses a major public health threat

By Harichandana Karne Published April 7, 2017

Improper use of antibiotics in plant and livestock agriculture has led to the rapid development of resistant pathogens that modern medicine can no longer treat. While antibiotic resistance is a growing public health threat and has led to increased mortality, hospital stays, and healthcare costs, the United States has yet to regulate antibiotic use in harmful agricultural practices.