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anonymous on Aug 4, 2011
Federal regulation is desperately needed to oversee activities on these factory farms in the United States and elsewhere. These farms not only keep animals in cramped, unsanitary conditions, but also often give animals daily doses of antibiotics to prevent them from getting sick. Government officials are well-aware of the link between the overuse of antibiotics and novel multi-drug resistant pathogens, yet they continue to leave the regulating up to the factory farming industry. I found a well-written article that gives an overview of this ongoing problem: http://motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2011/07/what-usda-doesnt-want-you-know-about-antibiotics-and-factory-farms