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        The Trouble with Antibiotics | How Widespread Is Antibiotic Use on Farms?

        Learn about the widespread use of antibiotics on farm animals and the challenge the FDA faces in collecting data about the drugs, in these videos excerpted from FRONTLINE: The Trouble with Antibiotics. Learn how antibiotics have been used to promote growth and why researchers suspect that their increased use on farms is contributing to the problem of antibiotic resistance in humans. Over 70 percent of antibiotics sold in the U.S. currently go to farms; however, efforts to obtain information and regulate antibiotic use has been opposed by interest groups. This resource is part of the FRONTLINE Collection.

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        History of Use

        Learn about the history of antibiotic use on farms. The use of antibiotics not only prevents illness but also promotes growth and, as a result, makes meat products less expensive.

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        Health Impact

        Learn how scientists have long suspected that the increased use of antibiotics on farm animals contributes to the problem of antibiotic resistance in humans, but are not able to establish conclusive evidence of this connection without access to use data.

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        Find out why farmers are not currently required to report the quantity or types of antibiotics used on livestock and how efforts to require that this data be provided are opposed by interest groups.

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