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Overuse of antibiotics in animals driving drug resistance - Dr Gemma Newman - {The Plant Based GP}

I am reposting this here as it is an area which I have talked about a lot but that is still hidden from the awareness of so many people. Our food choices today can have an impact on the ability of our loved ones to be able to respond to life saving antibiotics now and in the future. We have the power to make a difference by taking meat off the menu. Thanks to:• @drlaurafreeman

Whilst there are a number of factors, one of the most important reasons for the emergence of drug-resistant bacteria is animal agriculture

WHAT’S THE LINK?

Although some antibiotics are used to treat sick animals, an overwhelming amount is used in healthy animals globally to prevent infection or speed up growth In the US more than 70% of antibiotics that are medically important for humans are used in animals (swipe for UK numbers) In a large review of 139 academic papers, 72% showed evidence of a link between antibiotic consumption in animals and resistance in humans THE PROBLEM Some last-resort antibiotics for humans are being used extensively in animals and we have no new antibiotics on our horizon. This should scare us. Around the world, 700, 000 lives are lost each year from antibiotic resistant infections and this number has been projected to reach 10 million by the year 2050 if we do not make changes (UN data) PART OF THE SOLUTION

Reducing the over and improper use of antibiotics in food production is key. But almost impossible with the use of factory farming where animals are kept in conditions that make infections (and pandemics) more likely. And of course, you might have guessed that I would suggest shifting towards a whole food plant-based pattern of eating - this will reduce the risk of eating contaminated foods and reduce the demand for meat overall. Did you know about this link? Let me know in the comments.


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