The hidden cost of antibiotic drugs in fast food
The United States’ food report card is in, and it’s not good.
In the first comprehensive report of its kind, 80% of surveyed fast food and fast casual restaurants received an “F” for their sourcing practices and antibiotics usage.
Only 5 major chains received a “C” or above.
CAUSE FOR CONCERN
Since the 1950s, the practice of routinely feeding farm animals antibiotics has become standard, even ubiquitous.
Overdosage = Resistance
Resistance=Potential Disease Outbreak
It’s a pretty straightforward equation.
“Simply using antibiotics creates resistance,” reports the CDC. “These drugs should only be used to manage infections.”
But large-scale food suppliers continue to use antibiotics to stimulate animal growth and to prevent diseases that arise from poor diets and living conditions.
% Medically-Important Antibiotics Sold to Livestock Sector: 70