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Stop purchasing from suppliers of antibiotic-fed livestock

The widespread use of antibiotics in factory farms poses a significant threat to the environment & human health. The use of antibiotics in factory farms is indiscriminate, unnecessary, and largely unregulated by the FDA. Although the CDC, AMA, NRDC, and countless scientists and farmers have warned about the risks of current antibiotic practices, the government has failed to act with the public's interests in mind.

These practices are dangerous and unsustainable ones that Deerfield Academy should in no way support. And while the community's health should be prioritized over dollars and cents, studies have shown that the cost of raising livestock without antibiotics is minor—especially when compared to the economic and human costs of infections and deaths from antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Rather than wait for the FDA to do the right thing, Deerfield Academy should take responsibility with its purchasing of animal products. We ask that the Academy not start or renew any contracts with suppliers that feed their animals constant doses of antibiotics, and that all future purchases are from those that raise antibiotic-free livestock. In addition, we ask that organic, grass-fed, pastured, and/or local options are considered when changing suppliers. 

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