There will be 77 percent rise in the use of antibiotics in livestock by 2030.
The invention of antibiotics in the 20th century was a major public health revolution.
The study was done by researchers at the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy, Princeton University, the International Livestock Research Institute and the Université Libre de Bruxelles.
About 80 percent of the antibiotics sold in U.S. go to livestock.
It is found that the pig farmers producing bacon and meat use four times as many antibiotics as cattle farmers.
Antibiotics resistance not only applies to animals but it can have an affect the humans consuming the meat.
Ramanan Laxminarayan, a senior research scholar at the Princeton Environmental Institute and director of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy says “Their effectiveness — and the lives of millions of people around the world — are now in danger due to the increasing global problem of antibiotic resistance, which is being driven by antibiotic consumption.”
One of the major reasons for increasing utilization of antibiotics is, demand for meat is increasing and the animals are subjected to smaller and smaller living quarters where there is high possibility of spread of disease.