Chickens and other livestock grown without the use of antibiotics are a small but growing part of the U.S. market. Perdue is now the largest producer of antibiotic-free chicken in the country, and other big players in the food industry are following the l
Chickens and other livestock grown without the use of antibiotics are a small but growing part of the US food market. Perdue is now the largest producer of antibiotic-free chicken in the country, and other big players in the food industry are following the lead of consumers in joining the trend. But most of the drugs used in the US are still given to animals, and health advocates say much more needs to be done to reduce the growing threat of antibiotic resistance.
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Rancher Mike Leventini says PetalumaPoultry  follows basic principles that allow it to raise millions of birds without antibiotics: heat the chicken houses, keep the litter dry, keep fresh air in the barn, keep light in the barn, let them go outside. "You
Rancher Mike Leventini says PetalumaPoultry follows basic principles that allow it to raise millions of birds without antibiotics: heat the chicken houses, keep the litter dry, keep fresh air in the barn, keep light in the barn, let them go outside. "You are doing all these things to keep the birds from getting sick.”
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Joe Rubin

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