In our report 'Antibiotic use in Organic Farming; Lowering Use Through Good Husbandry' we analyse the latest data and find stark differences in levels of antibiotic use between a sample of UK Soil Association certified organic farms and the UK national average, indicating that organic farms use four times fewer antibiotics on average.
Why are infectious disease outbreaks in humans, such as SARS, MERS, swine flu and now Covid-19 becoming increasingly frequent? Is it reasonable to expect ever-more epidemics if we continue with business as usual once Covid-19 has passed?
Three British supermarkets are still allowing their suppliers to use antibiotics routinely in animal feed and drinking water. The continued misuse of antibiotics in some supermarket supply chains is occurring despite calls from the United Nations and the World Health Organization to end the overuse of antibiotics in farming.
Our briefing explores what's changing in 2022, and how the UK is lagging behind.
Imagine a global health crisis which causes more deaths than cancer. That’s the future we face unless we take action now to stop the rise of antibiotic resistance. Drawing on decades of academic research, Cóilín Nunan, Scientific Advisor for the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics, shares the action we need to take now.
The Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics has nine key recommendations to safeguard human and animal health pertaining to trade and antibiotics when the UK leaves the EU.
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Read our Alliance antibiotics timeline to explore the history of antibiotics overuse, resistance, and regulatory efforts.