By overusing antibiotics on farms and feeding them to healthy animals we’re making the drugs doctors rely on to treat illnesses like pneumonia, strep throat, and childhood ear infections less effective.
Antibiotics are not necessary for livestock production but they are essential to modern medicine. Find out why they are used on farms, the problems they pose and what you can do to keep you and your family healthy.
"Saving Antibiotics"  is a good resource on this subject, found on the Smarter Living Blog of the Natural Resources Defense Council. It has links to further information on the use of antibiotics in meat production.