Pigs take a mud bath at the De Jofrahoeve pig farm in Esch, Netherlands. Dutch farmers treat their animals with almost three times the antibiotics that their Danish neighbors use. Robin Utrecht/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Breeding sows in crates at a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods in 2010. The photo was shot by the Humane Society as part of an undercover investigation. Humane Society/Associated Press hide caption

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Many livestock groups say there's no evidence that antibiotics in livestock feed have caused a human health problem, but researchers beg to differ. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Lamb Boom Has Sheep Farmers Flocking Together

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Adrian Mesa protests the overuse of antibiotics in meat production outside a Burger King in Coral Gables, Fla. in 2003. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Jennie Grant greets her goat Eloise in Seattle. No stranger to urban farming, Grant already had chickens, bees, and a large vegetable garden before she added goats to her lineup. Elaine Thompson/AP hide caption

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With Alternative Giving, A Nudge Out Of Poverty For The Poor

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A truckload of live turkeys arrives at the Cargill plant in Springdale, Ark., on Aug. 4. Most turkeys in the U.S. are given low doses of antibiotics, which breed resistant strains of bacteria, including Salmonella. Danny Johnston/AP hide caption

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