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Is It True That Farmers Feed Antibiotics To Livestock To Make Them Grow Faster?

I always thought the ‘it makes them grow faster’ reasoning for why they put antibiotics in animal feed was a myth and that the truth was more complex. Farmers found they could crowd animals while keeping disease levels down – giving consistently higher meat and dairy production – if they constantly laced the feed with […]

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Antibiotic Pollution May Increase Ground Water Nitrate Pollution

Water Pollution: Compound slows growth of nitrate-reducing bacteria Decades after spawning a health care revolution, antibiotics are now common pollutants. Scientists’ biggest concern about these emerging contaminants is that they promote the spread of resistance. But new research suggests they also harm the microbes that cleanse groundwater of dangerous compounds, particularly nitrates (Environ. Sci. Technol., […]

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