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Happy Mother’s Day!
Today, we’re thanking eight mothers working to stop superbugs in their tracks. The overuse of antibiotics is driving one of the most pressing public health crises of our time. These moms have all taken action to change widespread overuse, and in so doing, are protecting our families today and for generations to come.
Without further ado, here they are:one of the strongest corporate commitments to phase out the use of antibiotics from its entire meat supply. The sandwich chain has already begun its transition with the Rotisserie Chicken Sandwich. By the end of this year, all of Subway’s chicken and turkey will be raised without routine antibiotics. Greco’s actions are dramatically increasing the market demand for meat that better protects public health.
Tyson Foods, a major chicken supplier to McDonald’s, did the same.
lack impact -- not so these two moms. Recognizing the severity of the oncoming antibiotics crisis, these two have both introduced legislation to tackle the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms head-on. Unlike the current voluntary federal guidelines, these two bills, if passed, would prohibit routine uses of antibiotics on livestock and poultry. Although success in Washington, DC, will take time, due to the influence of Big Ag and Pharma, we need legislative champions to introduce bills, elevate the issues, and push for solutions. That’s exactly what these two are doing.
Thank you to all of these moms, and the many others who are working on this important public health issue! If you have suggestions of others who deserve a place on this list, please send their story our way at [email protected]. The World Health Organization has stated that solving this issue will take “urgent coordinated action,” and we’ll work to highlight these efforts in posts to come!
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