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The ominous SUPERBUG seems to be everywhere these days. News about infections from these vicious viruses fill newspapers, TV, and the radio, but it still seems like no one really knows where these bugs come from or what we can do to fight them. As this animation explains, the majority of superbugs come from antibiotic resistant bacteria strands that grow in the guts of millions of farm animals across the world.
Animals raised in factory farms are crammed into tiny, filthy spaces where they are incredibly stressed and highly vulnerable to illness and infection. To ensure that entire facilities filled with animals (profits) are not lost to disease, Big-Ag has developed the brilliant idea to include antibiotics in the feed, which is used to fatten up these animals. They can’t get sick if they are constantly treated with low-dose antibiotics, right?
But the bad news is, pumping animals with antibiotics kills off weak bacteria, but allows antibiotic-resistant strains to proliferate inside the guts of these poor creatures. And of course: what happens in the gut doesn’t stay in the gut! Watch this video to learn how these superbugs travel through the animals and find their way into our watersheds, air, and stomachs making us sick.
To learn more about what we can do to end this nonsense, check out DrugMakeBugs.org.