Likely you have either heard or read about the decline in effectiveness of antibiotics, or the growing number of superbugs that are appearing around the globe. What is not so widely covered is the rampant overuse of antibiotics on factory farms. In fact 80 percent of all anti-biotic use in the U.S. occurs in farm settings, most often not to treat disease but as a preventative measure due to the lack of sanitation on these farms. This is a problem that has a strong personal connection for me.
Over 10 years ago I contracted a bacteria strain that has since caused numerous health problems and cost tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills. I wish my story was unique; however, each year 2 million people contract anti-biotic resistant strains of bacteria, and out of those 23,000 die due to related health complications. I am asking that you take the time to educate yourself on this most serious issue, and then do the right thing and take action.
If you are looking for resources you can start with The Food & Water Watch website. PBS’s Frontline also has an excellent documentary program that is available online. Please contact the Olympia City Council and tell them you would like them to take up a measure banning unnecessary use of antibiotics on livestock in Olympia. Additionally please contact Sen. Patty Murray and urge her support of the Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act (PARA Bill) in the U.S. Senate.