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Sign the Petition for Drug-Free Meat!

communications – March 4, 2013

Thanks again to the 260 people (and counting) who have signed the petition to stop Deerfield Academy’s purchasing from suppliers of antibiotic-fed livestock. I have increased the goal to 315 (which is roughly half the size of the student body), so please visit the site and consider signing the petition if you haven’t already.

Eighty percent of all antibiotics are used to raise livestock, rather than treat human sickness, and such indiscriminate use has been linked to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The rise of so-called “superbugs” have alarmed many medical and scientific organizations worldwide. The World Health Organization has warned of an impending “post-antibiotic era… an end to modern medicine as we know it.” The National Resources Defense Council wrote, “The unnecessary use of antibiotics in the livestock industry is a key culprit in the rise of drug-resistant bacteria that pose a growing public health risk.” This petition asks for Deerfield Academy to commit to its principles of sustainability and responsibility—and to do the right thing before the law catches up to the science.

I encourage you to sign this petition, learn more, and keep the conversation going about this important issue.