As a recent study finds antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in food animals or livestock raised for meat, has nearly tripled in low and middle-income countries since 2000, it demonstrates the critical issue of growing antibiotic use alongside consumption of animal protein. Meanwhile, Denmark, which ranks among the world’s top pork exporters, has proved that a country can build a thriving industry while sharply cutting back on antibiotic use in pigs. Pork industry officials in the United States argue that antibiotics are essential for keeping animals healthy and food costs low. But Denmark has demonstrated it is possible to create a massive meat-based food supply while preserving the most precious antibiotics for people. However, in an increasingly globalised world, no amount of diligence by Denmark’s pig farmers will protect the nation from drug-resistant pathogens that easily cross borders. As a global problem, Denmark can’t do it alone.
Denmark raises antibiotic-free pigs. Why can’t the US?
Dec 17, 2019