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Editorial: U.S. can live with fewer fatted calves

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Antibiotics, among the great medical breakthroughs of the 20th century, can be life-savers. But when doctors overprescribe them (often because patients demand them) and people take too many of them, they can lose their effectiveness when they’re really needed. The same holds true for antibiotics routinely given to farm animals that are part of humans’ diet: They render the drugs less effective. After trying to get farmers and ranchers to voluntarily stop using small amounts ...

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April 18, 2012
5:34 p.m.

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This is a poorly researched and written article. Even the New York Times article which you obviously used as the basis states explicitly that 99,000 people die from hospital acquired strains of resistant bacteria. It further states that it is unknown if any are the result of the use of antibiotics for livestock. Your editorial implies that 99,000 people die every year because of the use of antibiotics in farming. This is a blatantly false statement.

There is a great deal of research on this subject and you should have looked at it before scaring all your readers.