Monthly Archives: December 2010

Drug Use Among U.S. Livestock

Um, despite the headline, our pigs have not started using cocaine.  So, recently the FDA released its first ever report detailing the amounts of antibiotics used for livestock, which are staggering.  Now, I don’t want to be alarmist, because, for all I know, livestock may require large amounts antibiotics (in order for the medicines to be effective)… but damn…

Well, federal regulators have for years ignored the question and refused to release estimates of just how much antibiotics the livestock industry burns through. But that ended yesterday, when the FDA released its first-ever report on the topic. The answer: 29 million pounds in 2009. According to ace public-health reporter Maryn McKenna, that’s a shitload. (I’m paraphrasing her.) (Source)