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Oregon Seeks to Become First State to Limit Antibiotic Use at Factory Farms


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Oregon Seeks to Become First State to Limit Antibiotic Use at Factory Farms

Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Oregon could become the first state in the country to regulate agricultural use of antibiotics, should lawmakers approve bills that would prohibit giving antibiotics to healthy farm animals and require factory farms to report how the drugs are used in their operations.

More than 70 percent of antibiotics sold in the U.S. are used on livestock and poultry—and not primarily to treat sick animals. Instead, factory farms often put antibiotics into the daily feed and water of healthy animals, to promote growth and prevent disease due to overcrowded and dirty conditions.