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Chickens just have to say no to drugs
Chickens just have to say no to drugs

Yes, it can be done. Livestock operations can raise chickens without using antibiotics that are useful for treating infections in humans. Perdue Farms announced this week that it is no longer using any “human antibiotics” in its chickens, except to treat actual disease. Farms commonly use antibiotics to make animals grow faster, or to prevent disease from rampaging through crowded pens. The company isn’t using any antibiotics at all to promote growth, it said, but is using a non-human antibiotic to control an intestinal disease. The problem with the freewheeling overuse of antibiotics isn’t that you will ingest the drugs with your lunch; federal rules require the...

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