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Antibiotics in US agriculture going down

The Salt, at NPR, asks: Is The Tide Of Antibiotic Use On Farms Now Turning? and gives the lie to my standard view that the answer to any question in a headline is always “No!

The Food And Drug Administration released its annual accounting of antibiotics sold in America for use in poultry, pigs and cattle, and for the very first time, it reported that fewer of the drugs were sold. Sales of medically important antibiotics in 2016 declined by 14 percent, compared to 2015.

So the answer instead is a cautious “Maybe”.

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