During the last 50 years, the weight of a regular surviving cultured turkey has nearly doubled from around 15 to 30 pounds. As per recent estimates, 30 million pounds of antibiotics are used each year for livestock production, which is 80% of the antibiotics sold in America for any purpose. Usage of these antibiotics is often not for the purpose of curing disease, rather to hold back sensitive populations of bacteria in the intestines, helping animals digest their food more efficiently.
While trying to supersize our domesticated turkeys using these drugs, we have cursed them with health problems, including drastically shortened life span.
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Infographic by Jan Diehm for the Huffington Post.
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