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Pharming Profits: The Drugs that Make Cheap Meat

Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) have come to dominate U.S. agriculture,

Pharming Profits: The Drugs that Make Cheap Meat

September 19, 2016
Pharming Profits: The Drugs that Make Cheap Meat

CONCENTRATED ANIMAL FEEDING OPERATIONS (CAFOs) have come to dominate U.S. agriculture, crowding animals into tight quarters with little or no access to the outdoors, poor sanitation, and extremely short lifespans. This intensification has coincided with dramatic increases in the use of animal drugs to promote rapid growth rates, prevent the spread of disease, and reduce the costs of production per head.

This fact sheet explains how and why producers use animal drugs; which drugs they're using; how government (fails to) regulate animal drugs; how these drugs impact the environment, public health and animal welfare; and how we can get these drugs out of our meat supply.