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Industrial Farms Need a Prescription to Fight Superbugs

By Laura Rogers

Last year, my 12-year-old son came down with a skin infection. He was prescribed an antibiotic, took the full treatment, and got better. Of course there is nothing remarkable about this story these days — and that, in itself, is actually quite remarkable.

For thousands of years, humankind’s most lethal enemies were not saw-toothed predators but tiny microbes. Bears and wolves never halved the population of Europe, but a bacterial plague did.

About 80 years ago, we humans finally gained the upper hand against these germs. Sir Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928 and, within years, once-deadly threats like strep throat and …read more

Source: Huffington Post Green