In 2014, Food & Water Watch and public health advocates applauded the City Councils of Albuquerque and Santa Fe for passing resolutions calling on Congress to protect public health by authorizing national legislation to stop the unnecessary use of antibiotics on factory farms.
Eighty percent of antibiotics used in the United States are administered on factory farms to animals that aren’t sick. This overuse of antibiotics creates “superbugs”—bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics.
“Twenty-three thousand people die each year in the United States from antibiotic resistant infections,” said Eleanor Bravo, Food & Water Watch southwest organizer. “The public and elected leaders must take action to keep antibiotics working for people. I commend the Santa Fe and Albuquerque City Councils for recognizing the urgency of this situation and taking the lead in in the Southwest.”
City Council Member Rey Garduno, who sponsored the Albuquerque resolution said, “This memorial was important because not only do we want to make a statement to our federal delegation, but to also inform and discuss the issue at the local level. We need to create awareness regarding our food production and do our best to prevent any public health threats.”
City Council Member Pattie Bushee sponsored the Sante Fe resolution. “Santa Fe stands proudly with Albuquerque and a growing number communities that want antibiotics to keep working for people.”
Food & Water Watch, which works to ensure the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainable, has worked with more than 30 U.S. cities to pass resolutions in support of national legislation to stop the use of unnecessary antibiotics in livestock.