antibiotics in meat
Factory farming risks pushing us into a post-antibiotic world, but consumers are demanding change.
Protein is one of the building blocks of life, helping the systems of the human body to make and repair everything from hair to hormones. Quite simply it is essential to life. However if we don't start to rethink how we consume protein, we could face financial, social and environmental crisis.
Will it be enough to bring families back into the restaurant?
Antibiotics have revolutionized modern medicine and saved millions of lives around the world. Unfortunately less than 100 years on, we are on the verge of what the World Health Organization has called a "post-antibiotic era" due to the overuse of these important drugs.
Or so he says. Actually, the science on antibiotics is pretty clear.
Resistance is also spread through the use of antibiotics in industrial farming. In the US alone, the daily consumption of
Major companies like Subway and Perdue are cutting antibiotics from their food.
Market pressure from large companies is undoubtedly an important step to reducing unnecessary use of antibiotics in agriculture and ultimately slow antibiotic resistance.
2016 could see a big crackdown on the "sub-therapeutic" use of antibiotics for healthy livestock.
We're on the verge of an antibiotic apocalypse, scientists warn.