17 Nov '11, 10am

Farm #antibiotics increasing the threat of untreatable human diseases @ciwf

Farm antibiotics increasing the threat of untreatable human diseases 17 November 2011 A new report – Case Study of a Health Crisis – has found an alarming rise in new farm ‘superbugs’, particularly MRSA and E. coli, being passed on to humans. The report links the rise to the fact that nearly 50% of all antibiotics are used in farming and argues that one of the fundamental causes of food and animal-related antibiotic resistance is factory farming. Most pigs, poultry and dairy cows receive antibiotics routinely, whether or not they are unwell. In fact, some European pigs spend an average of 20% of their lives on antibiotics. Joyce D'Silva, Director of Public Affairs at Compassion in World Farming, described the overuse of antibiotics as a “cheap insurance policy” for many farmers. She also warned that excessive use “on factory farms makes a world without effective antibiotic...

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