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A Chinese pig farm’s antibiotic-free makeover puts it at the forefront of addressing growing concerns about the risk of medicine-resistant superbugs

1 month ago
Amedeo Tumolillo
n response to rising awareness about the risks associated with the routine and excessive use of antibiotics in livestock, Shen Jian-Ping spent $700,000 to give his 465 pigs roomier and better-ventilated quarters, a change that helps eliminate the use of antibiotics in their care. That in turn reduces the risk of bacteria evolving into superbugs that could trigger a global health crisis — and lets Shen sell his meat for more to increasingly conscientious consumers.
By Amedeo Tumolillo
Amedeo Tumolillo is the editor-in-chief of SupChina and award-winning multimedia journalist. He previously worked at The New York Times and Spectrum. Follow him on Twitter at @hellotumo.