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Antibiotic Resistance
Soil Association calls for antibiotic use on farms to be halved in five years

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A RECENT report from the Soil Association claims that there is ‘overwhelming evidence that excessive use of antibiotics on UK livestock farms is contributing to the rise of drug resistance in human E coli infections’.

The Soil Association, which campaigns for ‘healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use’, estimates that between 750,000 and 1,500,000 people in the UK contracted an E coli infection last year, resulting in nearly 40,000 cases of blood poisoning and nearly 8000 deaths. It raises particular concerns about extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) E coli …

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