The antibiotic crisis – 50 years on

The Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics is an alliance of health, medical, civil society and animal welfare groups campaigning to stop the overuse of antibiotics in animal farming. It was founded by Compassion in World Farmingthe Soil Association and Sustain in 2009. Its vision is a world in which human and animal health and well-being are protected by food and farming systems that do not rely on routine antibiotic use.

The 2019 World Antibiotics Awareness week (18-22 November) falls on the 50 year anniversary of the Swann report, a seminal government report that concluded that the overuse of antibiotics in farming was a threat to human health which had already caused human deaths. The Swann report said the intensification of livestock farming had led to more

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