Scary Spike in Drug-Fueled Livestock

Developing countries are pumping livestock full of antibiotics at startling rates, according to the first study of global trends. The fear: a rise in superbugs.

Antibiotic use in animals worldwide is expected to surge by 2/3 between 2010 and 2030, write Princeton University and NIH experts. The 3 countries with the largest projected increases are: Myanmar (205 %), Nigeria (163 %) and Peru (160 %).

"Poor livestock producers aren't responsible for this problem, it's the big firms rushing to meet demand in the growing cities," said co-author Tim Robinson, of the International Livestock Research Institute.
Thomson Reuters Foundation

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