According to an article in the New York Times, “Over 70% of antibiotic used in the US are for confinement livestock — cattle, pigs, and chickens — about 75% of which pass through to humans.” This is a huge health concern to those who consume the meat. Antibiotic resistance is caused when bacteria adapt in a way that eliminates or minimizes the effects of drugs and antibiotics due to the threat the antibiotics put on the bacteria. The more we expose the bacteria to antibiotics, the easier they adapt to them. As stated by New York Times, there are over 23,000 deaths per year that are caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria. Penicillin was a commonly used antibiotic on livestock in the 1920s, but now there are multiple bacteria strands that are resistant to it. Some common illnesses that are antibiotic-resistant include MRSA (a strand of bacteria that people contract, but farmers are six times more likely to contract) and Neisseria gonorrhea. Bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics, such as MRSA, can cause infections that are not treatable and in serious cases, can cause pneumonia or bloodstream infections.