Members of the Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility and a group of shareholders have urged their companies to ban the non-therapeutic use of antibiotics in meat production. Today these investors submitted a formal resolution to McDonalds to address this issue.
Reports from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the President's Council on Science and Technology indicate that growing resistance to antibiotics is a global public health crisis that threatens to reverse many of the medical advances made over the past century. Antibiotic-resistant infections cause more than 2 million human illnesses and 23,000 deaths each year in the US, and cost society between $ 55 and $ 70 billion annually.
The excessive use of these drugs, including the non-therapeutic use of antibiotics in animal agriculture, mainly to promote the growth of animals and prevent disease outbreaks in the feed of concentrated animals, has been cited as an important factor explaining resistance. to antibiotics in people. In 2011, cattle used 80% of all antibiotics sold in the United States.