We're calling for the leading British supermarkets to cut irresponsible antibiotic use out of their supply chains.
We've found that most of the UK’s leading supermarkets have commitments to sourcing animal products produced with responsible antibiotic use. However, these usually only cover some or all of their own-brand animal produce and frequently only that which is of UK origin.
As we get closer to the finalisation of a UK/Australia trade deal, we look at how British and Australian standards on farm antibiotic use differ.
New documentary about the use of antibiotics in global agriculture and the rise of antimicrobial resistance. Credit: Lydia Handford, Ocean Drive Films.
Pharming Animals from Lydia Handford on Vimeo.
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.
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.
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?
Our briefing explores what's changing in 2022, and how the UK is lagging behind.
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.
It seems that the UK Government has closed its ears to campaigners concerned about the scale of antibiotics use in farmed animals. Luckily for us, UK supermarkets ARE listening.